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PowerShell in Depth, Second Edition by Don Jones, Jeffery Hicks, Richard Siddaway

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Chapter 34. Working with the Component Object Model (COM)

This chapter covers

  • Discovering what COM is and isn’t
  • Working with COM objects

Get ready for a blast from the past! Before Microsoft invented the .NET Framework, folks relied on an earlier technology called the Component Object Model (COM). COM is basically a set of rules that enable developers to write software components that can easily interoperate. COM is still in wide use today, although it’s considered an older cousin to the .NET Framework. Many technologies you rely on, and use with PowerShell, are still based on COM. Examples include Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI) for working with Active Directory, WMI, and the object models that enable you to script against Internet ...

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