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Borland C++Builder™ 6 Developer’s Guide by Jarrod Hollingworth, Paul Gustavson,, Mark Cashman,, Bob Swart,

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Chapter 18. DCOM: Going Distributed

by Mark Cashman

COM objects are an intrinsic part of the Windows operating system today.

More and more of the Windows operating system services are being exposed in the form of COM objects, which are taking the place of traditional Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) from DLLs.

Until recently, COM objects suffered from one big weakness—they could only be used from within the confines of a single computer. It was impossible to move the components to different machines on the network to create a distributed system.

To address this problem, Microsoft created DCOM. DCOM extends COM by providing the capability to activate ...

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