About My Book...
My lifestory (or at least the COM aspects of it) will finally make it into print this year. My sincere thanks to everyone who has been patiently awaiting this book. You can surf to my book's web page (http://www.develop.com/dbox/combook) for a table of contents and other relevant information.
"Don Box makes it possible for mere mortals to join the COM cognoscenti. If youire a C++ COM programmer, buy this book." -David Chappell, Principal, Chappell & Associates and author of Understanding ActiveX and OLE
Written by a leading COM authority, this unique book reveals the essence of COM, helping developers to truly understand the why, not just the how, of COM. Understanding the motivation for the design of COM and its distributed aspects is critical for developers who wish to go beyond simplistic applications of COM and become truly effective COM programmers. As the COM programming model continues to evolve, such insight also becomes essential to remaining current with extensions, such as Microsoft Transaction Server and COM+. By showing you why Distributed COM works as it does, Don Box enables you to apply the model creatively and effectively to everyday programming problems.
This book examines COM from the perspective of a C++ developer, offering a familiar frame of reference to ease you into the topic. You will also find comprehensive coverage of the core concepts of Distributed COM (interfaces, classes, apartments, and applications), including detailed descriptions of COM theory, the C++ language mapping, COM IDL (Interface Definition Language), the remoting architecture, IUnknown, monikers, threads, marshalers, security, and more. In addition, the book offers a thorough explanation of COMis basic vocabulary, provides a complete Distributed COM application to illustrate programming techniques, and includes the authoris tested library of COM utility code.
.NET may be the new big thing but COM is most likely here to stay. It's worth pointing out, as another reviewer did, that . Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2003 by J. Hotchkiss
If you write low-level COM then this is the book to read. The GIT, Free Threaded Marshaller, custom marshalling, threading are covered. Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2001
Weak writing style, incomplete explenations, not enough code in book, some good bits in book and in software and if not for the existance of ATL it may be worth slightly more... Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2001
This is a very good book, highly recommended for people wanting to learn COM. However, it does assume a reasonable knowledge of C++ so if you don't have this amount of knowledge,... Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2001 by Johnny Ooi
I had been to COM programming 2 years back.This is the best book for all serious COM programmers. I purchased this book 2 years back and still love to read it.Published on 4 July 2001
Its a superb book for knowing everything in COM,but I feel it requires you to have intermediate knowledge of COM.Its one of the best bargain I had in Years. Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2000
I spend a few months programming COM using ATL and MFC and still didn't fully understand why we want it. This book tells me why in 30 minutes. Best COM book available.Published on 19 Aug. 1999
I met Don Box (the author) at the Microsoft Global Summit in New Orleans in 1998 and was impressed. It was interesting to see Microsoft personnel listening and learning from an... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 1999