[Win32utils-devel] Favorite COM book?

Wayne Vucenic waynev at gmail.com
Tue Dec 2 16:10:18 EST 2008

Hi Dan,

I realize you said you were interested in one book and here I'm recommending
yet another.

I like "Understanding Active X and OLE: A guide for developers and managers"
by David Chappell. It's mostly language neutral, and I thought he did an
excellent job of providing enough technical details to keep developers happy
together with good overviews which are more likely to appeal to managers.

Now that I give a little more thought to what you are likely to be
interested in regarding COM/ActiveX/etc., I think this would be a better
book for you than either of the two I mentioned earlier.

I should point out that I haven't kept up with new COM books for 5+ years,
so there may be newer books that I would prefer to the above. Then again COM
doesn't seem to be nearly the hot topic for books that it was 5 years ago.

Best regards,


On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 8:35 PM, Wayne Vucenic <waynev at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Dan,
> Back when I was working with COM, my favorite source of information was
> Richard Grimes' books. For example, "Professional ATL COM Programming" (WROX
> Press). At the time (6+ years ago) IMHO, ATL was the best way to make
> serious use of COM. I don't know if things have changed since then.
> Also Don Box's "Essential COM" was the best book I had that covered the
> nitty-gritty technical details about what was really going on.
> Then again, at the time I was doing all of this in C++, which may not be
> the approach you're taking.
> Hope this helps,
> Wayne
> On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 8:16 PM, Daniel Berger <djberg96 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Does anyone have a favorite OLE/COM/Automation/Whatever programming book?
>> I'm thinking of picking one up.
>> Thanks,
>> Dan
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