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This course is intended for serious computer hobbyists, IT students, and IT professionals. You need Windows and Visual C++ installed.

The free online textbook for this course is Visual C++ 6 Unleashed . Read the Introduction to the book.

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Lesson 24. Overview of COM and Active Technologies

This chapter will discuss COM, OLE, and Active Technologies. These are the technologies that comprise Microsoft's component strategy, and they are the interprocess communication methods of choice when building applications for Windows. COM is the basic component plumbing that provides services for COM, OLE, and other Active Technologies. OLE is Microsoft's GUI-centric component strategy for enabling desktop applications to work together seamlessly. This chapter introduces COM and OLE, and also takes a look at ActiveX controls and other Active Technologies from Microsoft.

Reading Assignments

Read the following sections from your free online textbook:

offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) COM, OLE, and Active Technology History in a Nutshell
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) COM and OLE from the Eyes of the End User
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) COM, OLE, and Active Technologies from a Programmer's View
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) Evolving OLE with Active Technologies
offiste01.jpg (430 bytes) New Active Technologies

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