.NET has hit the Windows programmer community like a tornado, tipping over the trailer homes of the ways that we used to do things. It’s pretty much swept up the needs of most web applications and service applications, as well of most of the line-of-business applications for which we previously used Visual Basic and MFC.

However, a few stubborn hold-outs in their root cellars will give up their native code only at the end of a gun. These are the folks with years of investment in C++ code who don’t trust some new-fangled compiler switches to make their native code “managed.” Those folks won’t ever move their code, whether there are benefits to be gained or not. This book is partially for them, if they can be talked into moving their ATL ...

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