Chapter 22. Controlling Other Applications Using Automation
What You’ll Learn in This Hour:
Creating a reference to an automation library
Creating an instance of an automation server
Manipulating the objects of an automation server
In Hour 16, “Designing Objects Using Classes,” you learned how to use classes to create objects. In that hour, I mentioned that objects could be exposed to outside applications. Excel, for example, exposes most of its functionality as a set of objects. The process of using objects from another application is called automation. The externally accessible objects of an application compose its object model. Using automation to manipulate a program’s object model enables you to reuse components. You can use automation with Excel, ...