Introduction

Computing lifestyles and development needs change with time. Over the years, a number of paradigms and programming methodologies have been offered to support the needs of the developers and software vendors.

In the mid 1990s we saw monolithic applications being broken into smaller applications that communicated with each other. To facilitate code reusability and application communication across compiler boundaries and programming language boundaries, Microsoft introduced a framework called Component Object Model (COM). To further facilitate the communication across machine boundaries, Microsoft extended the model to Distributed COM (DCOM).

The late 1990s witnessed an incredible explosion of the Internet that caused a revolution in the ...

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