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Microsoft® Visual C++® .NET 2003 Kick Start by Kate Gregory

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Chapter 9. Using Existing COM Components in C++

Automation Concepts

An Automation server is an application that makes some of its functionality available through COM. However, most Automation servers are quite different from other kinds of COM components, especially ActiveX controls and the small COM components that were covered in Chapter 8, “Writing COM Components in C++.” Those components exist primarily to offer services to applications. They have no user interface, or they have an interface designed to be part of a larger whole.

Automation servers are generally large and complicated applications: Visual Studio ...

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