- Series: Microsoft Programming Series
- Paperback: 660 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press (September 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735607281
- ISBN-13: 978-0735607286
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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Inside COM+: Base Services (Microsoft Programming Series) Paperback – September 1, 1999
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Inside COM+ Base Services examines many aspects of Microsoft's Component Object Model+ in depth. The book provides a great deal of information well-suited to experienced C++ programmers, as well as thorough explanations and useful code examples.
As with most books from Microsoft Press, this volume comes with a well-organized CD-ROM that contains complete source code for the examples presented in the book. (Most of the examples are actually code fragments, but the CD-ROM contains the code in its entirety.) One very nice feature of the CD-ROM is that it includes the contents of the book in Microsoft Electronic Book format, which makes searching for passages and copying code fragments very easy. Not limited to the C++ audience only, the book presents COM+ implementations in Visual Basic and J++ too.
It should be mentioned that this book targets a lot of information at those who know C++ and have some background with the Windows API (and preferably some with OLE or COM.) For those with only a Visual Basic background or who want an overview, this book is probably too C++-specific. Also keep in mind that this book is an update of Inside Distributed COM. Several topics that are new to COM+, such as message queuing and transactions, are not covered in this book (the next book in the series, Inside COM+ Component Services, due out in spring 2000, might cover these topics).
Overall, if you are a C++ programmer, are using the Windows API, and are interested in learning about DCOM and COM+, this book provides clear explanations, useful programs and code fragments, and a lot of detailed examples. --John Keogh
Topics covered: Introduction to component software; interfaces; CLSIDs; GUIDs; registering components; templates; interfaces; references and reference counting; v-tables; implementing COM+ with Java and Visual Basic; type libraries; threads and apartments; automation; errors, exceptions, and error handling; connection points; type information; persistence and structured storage; naming and monikers; DLL surrogates; location transparency; DCOM; standard and custom marshalling; executable components and in-process components; interprocess communication; Interface Definition Language; asynchronous calls; COM+ security, including the COM+ security model, platform-independent security, and configuring security; cloaking; COM+ networking; remote activation; object references; and RPCs.
About the Author
Jeffrey Richter is a cofounder of Wintellect (www.wintellect.com)-a training, debugging, and consulting firm dedicated to helping companies build better software faster. He is the author of the previous editions of this book, Windows via C/C++, and several other Windows®-related programming books. Jeffrey has been consulting with the Microsoft® .NET Framework team since October 1999.
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As far as COM+ is concerned, this book doesn't delve much into the internals of COM+ services and new features such as context, load balancing, transaction, msmq, and all the rest of the COM+ services. The author states these information will be available in volume 2 of this book. I wonder when the volume 2 is due. I would definitely buy it.
The content is good. It couldn't have been better as far as explaining COM. As for COM+, the name of this book was very misleading.
In fact if you're eager to learn COM it's also probably one of the best books around since it's detailed explenation of COM in the early chapters are very good and easy to understand.
If you're going to learn ATL you probably can NOT manage withouth this piece of paper.
It also does a marvelous job explaining the basics of templates so you don't need any XP from before except C++ and a bit of Win32/MFC programming, but even this is not a requirement since the ATL is so much different from "normal" Win32/MFC programming.
Note: You must know C++ and a bit of COM to appreciate the value of this book.