Intermediate to advanced C++ and Visual Basic developers will benefit significantly from this book, particularly if they understand COM superficially, but now need a complete understanding of both COM and COM+. Specifically, the book will do the following:
Provide a thorough grounding in core COM concepts and then demonstrate how these concepts are used to facilitate each COM+ service.
Explain each COM+ service conceptually and then go into detail using what-if scenarios and extensive code examples.
Point out "gotchas", where the development reality differs from intuition and documentation, providing workarounds where necessary.
Fill in many missing details not found in supporting documentation, other books, and articles.
Fill in many details about supporting technologies not usually discussed in detail—Microsoft's Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC), Resource Dispensers, and so on.
Demonstrate the "how-to" of COM+ with extensive supporting sample code in both VB and C++, and at times, J++.
Provide extensive source code demonstrating concepts discussed in the book and advanced techniques that, though not specific to COM+, are generally useful.
Development managers might also find the conceptual explanations in this book helpful in understanding the capabilities of COM+. However, the reader should be comfortable programming in Visual Basic, C++, or both.
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