11.1. Foundation: Components and COMWare

Business application fortresses are usually built on two related foundation technologies. The first is distributed components. This is the same distributed-component technology that I discussed in Chapter 5 (Synchronous Drawbridges), and it maps exactly to the technology used by homogeneous synchronous drawbridges. The second foundation technology is a technology I refer to as component-oriented middleware (COMWare).

COMWare was first introduced long before .NET by Microsoft under the name Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS), then it was adopted by Sun to be J2EE's EJB technology, and then finally it was released once again by Microsoft under the name COM+. COMWare is a layer above components, so let me ...

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