In this chapter, youve learned about the place of COM+ in the .NET developers toolbox. Its still an important technology for the developer of distributed applications. In most cases, COM+ complements the capabilities that .NET provides, so combining the two makes sense for the present. Eventually, Microsoft will replace COM+ with something that uses .NET directly, but for now, you still need this technology to make some types of distributed applications work.
Youve also learned about two handy MMC snap-ins. Actually, the developer should know about most, if not all, of the MMC snap-ins because they all provide handy administration functions. For example, youll find the snap-ins provided in the Performance console handy when you want to analyze the performance of your application on various systems. If you havent already spent time working with the various MMC snap-ins, you might want to do so now. Youll want to have a variety of tools at your disposal as you work through the examples in this book.
Chapter 3 shows you how to use COM components in your .NET application. Youll learn about several tools that come with the .NET Framework that make this job easier. Chapter 3 also helps you understand how .NET interacts with COM. Finally, youll learn how to build COM components that not only work well with unmanaged applications, but also interact well with managed applications.