Updating a Simple Utility Program

Utility programs come in a number of shapes and sizes, and people invent new forms of utility programs every day. Microsoft recently introduced yet another version of the utility program, the Web Service. No matter which utility program you’re talking about, they all seem to have several common elements.

  • Small size

  • Not a main application

  • Easy to understand and use interface, or no interface at all

  • Only one or two modules with few interfaces

  • Normally used by savvy users

This section of the chapter will look at a simple utility that you might want to convert from DCOM to SOAP given today’s distributed environment. This utility simply polls the server for the current time and date. (We’ll extend this with the capability ...

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