Top critical review
Incomrehensible and rambling treatise.
on January 9, 1998
This book tries to cover too much territory while at the same time that territory is being outdated. Mr Brockschmidt's writing style acheives two phenonmenal feats: he is both condescending and incomprehensible! Unfortunately, I've had to read this book because no where else is the the Ole type library, the concept of Marshalling, or C++ automation controllers adequately covered. Mr. Brockschmidt does not give any context to the important interface functions. The way around this is to use the examples,and see what the author has done to solve problems. This is especially relevant for Chapter 14, which shows you how to write a C++ automation controller. He also has wasted time in comparing C to C++, this is irrelevant and should be in another book if anybody cares about it. In terms of sytle, the transition from one chapter to another is rough, and I wonder what the editor was thinking when he let Mr. Brockschmidt ramble on, obfuscating important details with irrelevant trivia and minutia. Warning: Read only Chapters 2,3, and 14 if your a C++ programmer, and buy Dale Rogerson's book on Inside COM, a great book written in English! Nobody else should be put through this torture.