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Comprehensive, complete coverage is given of Windows programming fundamentals. Fully revised for Windows 98, this edition covers the basics, special techniques, the kernel and the printer, data exchange and links, and real applications developed in the text.
Shows developers how COM operates and how to use it to create efficient and stable programs consistent with the COM philosophy, allowing disparate applications and components to work together across a variety of languages, platforms, and host machines. Original. (Advanced).
Jeffrey Richter, Christophe Nasarre
"Get the classic book for programming Windows in Microsoft Visual C++--now in its fifth edition and fully revised for Windows Vista. This must-have book covers programming at the API level with code samples in Visual C++"--Resource description p.
Chris Tavares, Brent Rector ATL internals, Kirk Fertitta
The Active Template Library (ATL) is a set of small, efficient, and flexible classes created by Microsoft that facilitate the creation of interoperable components for developing Windows applications. The latest version of ATL is version 8, released with Visual Studio 2005. While .NET has been getting all the attention recently, there is still a huge base of installed COM/ATL code. Many programmers are dealing with difficult issues adding new .NET code to that installed base. At the same time there are many instances where ATL is still the superior choice for new applications - applications that have to run fast and efficiently on Windows, where the CPU doesn't have the memory or bandwidth to run .NET. This book will be a godsend to developers in both of those situations. As one tech reviewer put it, "Any programmer needing to transition ATL code to .NET will need this book." The first edition was widely praised, and sold close to 20,000 units. While ATL is no longer the cutting edge of Microsoft developer tools, there should still be a strong market for authoritative, complete, deep coverage of the newest version of this standard tool.
Brent Rector, Chris Sells
Early to market, this will be one of the first books to cover ActiveX controls and ATL and will be the first classroom-tested book on this technology. The ActiveX Template Library (ATL) is a class library for Visual C++: pre-built code modules that speed development. Using a functional approach, this book addresses the real-world choices facing Windows developers and provides practical solutions.
In Effective COM, the authors, Don Box, Keith Brown, Tim Ewald, and Chris Sells, offer 50 concrete guidelines for creating COM based applications that are more efficient, robust, and maintainable. Drawn from the authors' extensive practical experience working with and teaching COM, these rules of thumb, pitfalls to avoid, and experience-based pointers will enable you to become a more productive and successful COM programmer. These guidelines appear under six major headings: the transition from C++ to COM; interfaces, the fundamental element of COM development; implementation issues; the unique concept of apartments; security; and transactions. Throughout this book, the issues unique to the MTS programming model are addressed in detail. Developers will benefit from such insight and wisdom as: Define your interfaces before you define your classes (and do it in IDL) Design with distribution in mind Dual interfaces are a hack. Don't require people to implement them Don't access raw interface pointers across apartment boundaries Avoid creating threads from an in-process server Smart Interface Pointers add at least as much complexity as they remove CoInitializeSecurity is your friend. Learn it, love it, call it Use fine-grained authentication Beware exposing object references from the middle of a transaction hierarchy Don't rely on JIT activation for scalability and much more invaluable advice. For each guideline, the authors present a succinct summary of the challenge at hand, extensive discussion of their rationale for the advice, and many compilable code examples. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of COM concepts, capabilities, and drawbacks, and the know-how to employ COM effectively for high quality distributed application development. A supporting Web site, including source code, can be found at http: //www.develop.com/effectivecom. 0201379686B04062001
Tom Archer, Andrew Whitechapel
This guide thoroughly covers the features professional programmers must know and the skills they are expected to demonstrate from day one of a new project as they quickly get up to speed programming with Visual C++ within the new .NET environment.