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Inside Ole (Microsoft Programming Series) Paperback – May 1, 1995
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Kraig Brockschmidt is a senior program manager in the Windows Ecosystem team and has taught hundreds of Microsoft engineers how to build apps for Windows 8.
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Inside OLE 2nd Edition is not for you if you want to jump write in and code with MFC and especially the ATL. Much of what Mr. Brockschmidt discusses is encapsulated within the ATL. But any developer worth his salt knows that debugging and even everyday coding depends on a solid understanding of what's going on underneath. This book definitely gives you that. I studied IO2E with that in mind. I have no intention of hand coding coclasses from scratch, but absorbing the material presented in the book makes learning ATL a whole lot easier.
Surprisingly, I found the book not dated at all even though the notion of ActiveX did not exist at the time of writing. Just about everything that one would currently do with COM today is in the book and still applies 100%.
For a d! eep understanding of the reasoning behind COM and how to use it, I have not read any better explanations. There is a lot of information out there on how to build a COM interface, but not much on what to do with it once you have built it. I really gained a lot of insight on how to build systems using interfaces and "object hierarchies".
If you have the time, I would suggest to read Inside OLE 2nd Edition and then move on to Inside COM. Following that you can tackle the ATL. If not, Inside COM is still an excellent first step. In any case, the book makes a valuable desk reference. It really is the "bible" so-to-speak.
Thankfully there are newer books that explain COM and controls much better. I still have to break out this book every now and again because OLE is still required.
Mr BrockSchmidts writing style is very difficult to read and the code samples are extremely outdated. I suppose no other books on OLE have really come out because it is assumed that MFC will deal with many of the weirdnesses of OLE. That is unfortunate because MFC apps are HUGE bloated creatures that do NOT implement all the OLE functionality needed to get a fully functioning OLE application.
On the positive side, it is definately a cure for insomnia.
This book tells you everything about OLE. It decribe the internal meachanism in detail. Also this book has the best diagrams about OLE.
Buy it and read it. You will love it as I do.
If you want to deeply understand these techniques, take the time and read this huge book. It is both enjoyable and very helpful.
(*did not mean to offend anyone with the term 'bible'. If I did - please forgive)