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    do we need com after having .net?

    right now i am learning about .net .. i just think that i shoud try something new for me (actually .net have been quite old)... after i read a few chapter of .net.. there is a question raised in my mind... do we still need 'ms com/com+' tech. when we r using .net (for distributed apps)?

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    Two things:

    1. No, COM is no longer needed in principle, because .NET's interfaces are much nicer, work better etc. They implement everything you could do with COM anyway.

    2. Lots of things are still implemented by COM, and Microsoft seem unwilling to change them. Therefore, the only way of doing these things is with COM interop, which stinks.

    A lot of the .NET API anyway only provides wrappers for a COM interop layer.

    So as ever, Microsoft promised that .NET would replace COM, yet retain COM for the foreseeable future.

    For a start, many products which have been labelled ".NET", use COM internally and as a programming interface. A lot of the products the .NET interface was added as an afterthought rather than being the main way.

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    in other words..

    take a load of ****
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    You might still deal with com/com+ based legacy code, but that is about it.
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