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5.0 out of 5 stars A great practical guide to distributed object technologies., 5 Dec. 1999
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This review is from: Com and CORBA Side by Side: Architectures, Strategies, and Implementations (Paperback)
After reading most of this book it is clear that the author has significant practical experience developing solutions with both COM and CORBA technologies. This is a pleasant change from the theoretical emphasis in the several books on each of these subjects. It seems many of these are by professional writers, trainers or technology evangelists, and others are sponsored by technology development organizations.
I like the very clear way that Dr. Pritchard imparts real world insights into engineering with both COM and CORBA. The comparisons of different aspects of the technologies are well presented in a (for once) unbiased manner. The code examples, which are in VB, Java and C++, are well thought out and clearly illustrate the issues under discussion. Also the organization of the book into client, server, and bridging sections adds to its overall readability.
This is not an entry-level developer textbook, but for those familiar with one or both technologies it is great for understanding the relative benefits of each technology. It has lots of tips and helpful insights, and addresses some issues that hadn't occurred to me before. It is not surprising that this book seems to be appearing on bookshelves and desks all around my company.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most important IT book of the decade, 5 Dec. 1999
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This review is from: Com and CORBA Side by Side: Architectures, Strategies, and Implementations (Paperback)
This book is quite thin, and yet it includes so much. The open mind towards competing technologies is important, we should all look at facts in an objective way. The book gives an excellent view on COM, CORBA and the differences between them. It also shows programming examples (not in depth) and explains things like "push" technologies very good. I would expect the first book in this subject (side-by-side approach) written by a technician, to be too detailed, with a poor language and not very educational. I was very wrong. An amazing book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book that really helps!, 3 Dec. 1999
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This review is from: Com and CORBA Side by Side: Architectures, Strategies, and Implementations (Paperback)
A lot of information has been written on COM and CORBA in the last few years, but it often seems to be written in such a way as to favor one approach or the other. This book maintained an objective viewpoint and helped me to figure out where and when I want to use COM and where and when I want to use CORBA.
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