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COM Programming with Microsoft® .NET by Julian Templeman, John Paul Mueller

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Chapter 3. Using COM Components in .NET Code

Now that we have looked at the way in which COM and COM+ fit in with the .NET world, we will move on to more specific topics in the next three chapters. To start with, this chapter looks at how COM components can be used in .NET code. Microsoft has taken care to provide backward compatibility in .NET for COM so that existing investment in COM components doesn’t have to be abandoned when you move to .NET. The design of .NET makes it possible to use COM components as if they were native .NET components and will even let you use ActiveX controls in the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Toolbox.

This chapter will show you how to use COM components and ActiveX controls in .NET projects. You’ll see how COM coclasses ...

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