Chapter 1. COM and .NET

.NET is the new wave of software development, introducing new technologies and languages. What’s happening to the previous wave of technologies, in particular COM? This chapter discusses the place of COM in the new .NET world and presents an overview of the major topics and issues that COM programmers face in the brave new world of .NET. Many of these topics and issues will be covered in more depth in later chapters.

Is COM Dead?

The short answer is "No, not in the foreseeable future."

COM underlies the architecture of the current generation of Windows operating systems, and as such, it is deeply embedded in the operation of just about every facet of Windows programming. Access to many pieces of system functionality, from ...

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