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TP and Middleware : DCOM - Distributed Component Object Model

DCOM - Microsoft's Distributed Component Object Model Architecture

See Also:
^Transaction Processing and Middleware
>MTS - Microsoft Transaction Server
>MSMQ - Microsoft Message Queue Server
>CORBA
>Windows NT
>IIS - Microsoft Internet Information Server


* COM Technologies
Microsoft's home page for their Component Object Model architecture - COM, DCOM, COM+, and ActiveX
* DCOM verses CORBA
A review of distributed computing models by Network Computing Online, including a comparison of Microsoft's Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) against the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) standard.
* How Microsoft Transaction Server Changes the COM Programming Model
MTS allows COM servers to easily support proper transactions handling, but only if they follow the transaction model programming rules.
* NewsFlash: Microsoft launches COM-on-Unix initiative
* COM Spec Home Page
The home page for the Component Object Model Specification, including links to download the spec in various formats.
* COM Specification (online)
The contents page for the on-line HTML version of the Component Object Model Specification.
* The Component Object Model: Technical Overview
* Advanced COM Tutorial
Including the list of lessons
* COMponents
How to use COM to develop reusable plug-in components, including how to create COM objects and interfaces.
* From C++ to COM
A tutorial article showing how to take an existing project written in C++ and turns it into a component-based design using the COM infrastructure.
* Book: Inside COM
A detailed developer's guide to using the COM component object model to build efficient, robust OLE components and ActiveX controls.
Buy it TODAY from Amazon Worldwide/U.S.A. or U.K.
* Book: Professional DCOM Programming
Covers everything an experienced C++ programmer could want to know about DCOM, Microsoft's Distributed Component Object Model, including differences from COM, techniques for writing both DCOM clients and servers with proper security and multithreading.
Buy it TODAY from Amazon Worldwide/U.S.A. or U.K.
* A Survey of Object-Oriented Middleware
A paper by Dr. Wolfgang Emmerich describing a set of requirements for object-oriented middleware. The framework is then applied to compare OMG/CORBA, DCOM and Java/RMI.
* Jintegra COM-Java bridge
Jintegra is a commercial bi-directional COM-Java bridging tool allowing pure-Java programs to access ActiveX objects, and vise versa. Provides authenticated access to both local and remote ActiveX components using DCOM.
The product pricing scheme is clearly aimed at "Enterprise Applications" (!), but if you really need this functionality I guess that will not be a problem!
* Book: Essential COM
An excellent book on COM/DCOM programming by Don Box (one of the COM gurus), which will teach you not only how to use COM related technologies, but also how to "think in COM". Certainly not a "lightweight" read! but if you want a deep understanding of the machinery behind COM, including the gruesome details of interfaces, marshalling, authentication and security then this is probably the book you need.
Buy it TODAY from Amazon Worldwide/U.S.A. or U.K.
* EntireX
EntireX is Software AG's port of ActiveX / DCOM to UNIX.
* EntireX DCOM for Linux
A free download of Software AG's EntireX DCOM for Linux libraries.
Contains the Runtime component which is all of the binaries and tools you need to run DCOM applications, and a Software Development Kit (SDK) complete with examples and programming tools to help you build distributed component applications using DCOM.
* EntireX DCOM Online Documentation
Online Documentation for Software AG's EntireX DCOM libraries and tools.
* Using Distributed COM with Firewalls
An article by Michael Nelson showing how to configure the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) to work through a firewall.



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