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Pro Internet Explorer 8 & 9 Development: Developing Powerful Applications for The Next Generation of IE by Matthew Crowley

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Chapter 1. Internet Explorer Architecture

Internet Explorer (IE) isn't just a web browser—it's a broad platform that provides Windows with the components necessary to integrate web services with desktop applications. Its complex architecture and extensibility points reflect this, as well as the number of applications that tie into it.

In this chapter, I present a general overview of the internal and external makeup of IE, describe the architecture of the browser and its libraries, and lay the informational groundwork for detailed discussion of major feature areas and development using exposed interfaces.

Application Architecture and Dependencies

IE is composed of a browser application and a series of libraries tied together through a COM-based architecture. ...

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