In Chapter 1, you learned that there’s a place for COM in your .NET application development toolbox. Likewise, there’s a place for COM+ when you’re working with .NET. Although COM+ doesn’t have as long a history as COM, it’s based on COM technology and provides added value that developers still need, even if they’re using .NET for most of their development tasks.
In many respects, this chapter continues the story begun in Chapter 1. It takes the next logical step of addressing the need for COM+ in .NET application development tasks. This chapter is an overview—we’ll cover most of the issues in this chapter in much greater depth as the book progresses. You’ll also learn about two valuable Microsoft Management Console (