In Brief

  • Automation servers are applications (typically large ones such as Word or Visual Studio) that expose some or all of their functionality to applications through interfaces.

  • In unmanaged code, use the #import directive to simplify access to the COM interfaces exposed by the Automation server.

  • The OLE/COM object viewer can be used to find interfaces, methods , parameter lists, and coclasses in a COM type library, object library, or DLL.

  • In managed code, add a reference on the COM tab and Visual Studio will automatically use the Primary Interop Assembly, if it is in the GAC.

  • The Object Browser can be used to find interfaces, methods, parameter lists, and associated COM classes in an interop assembly.

  • The similarities between the managed and unmanaged approaches to using COM automation servers are more numerous than the differences.



Microsoft Visual C++. NET 2003 Kick Start
Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2003 Kick Start
ISBN: 0672326000
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 141
Authors: Kate Gregory

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