Web Development

If you are in need of web development services, from complete sites and scripts, a site redesign, or a fully customized CMS to run your business, our web development team can get it done. We work as if we are a part of 'Your Team'. If you are looking for a long term technology parter who actually cares about the end result, and not just a paycheck, then we are a match for you. read more

Software Design

Unlike many software development firms we do not spread our developers across all areas. Our specialists are professional in what they do and can we successfully develop the most sophisticated software packages needed. Our clients include entrepreneurs, small business, and Fortune 1000 companies. Don't conform to a software box, customize the software for your needs. read more

Automation Solutions

Let us automate your life and business. From collecting online information, responding to email, phone and web events, automating web site updates and changes saving and entering information, we will automate it for you. From basic Web tasks to more advanced scenarios, a custom automation solution will save you time and money, increase efficiency, and bring an ROI that cannot be argued. read more

About COM Technologies

COM, or Component Object Model, is a platform developed by Microsoft that deals with software components. It was first released in 1993, and it allows a procedure to occur that is known as interprocess communication. In addition to this, it also allows objects to be dynamically created in any programming language that is compatible with COM. Many people use the word COM when talking about things such as Active X or DCOM. While it was created in 1993, Microsoft did not place an emphasis on the word COM until the end of the 1990s. In a nutshell, COM allows objects to be used in a wide variety of different environments instead of just the one they were created in.

When it comes to programming languages, COM is neutral. In addition to environments, COM allows objects to be used on different machine platforms as well. Once an object is created, it can be reused, and the previous implementations of the objects are not taken into consideration. Those who wish to implement the objects must showcase high quality interfaces which are different from the implementation itself. The objects that are created in multiple languages will be given responsiblity for both their destruction and creation. This is done through a process that is called reference counting. A special function is used to denote differences between the various interfaces of an object. In most cases, the best way to achieve inheritance within COM is through the use of sub-objects.

While COM can be used with a wide variety of different platforms, it is still used mostly on Windows based systems. It has fallen out of use to a certain extent by the use of Microsoft .NET. In addition to this, the use of Web Services and the WCF has slightly reduced the need for COM to be utilized. However, COM was designed to be a competitor of systems such as CORBA. The road to creating COM was first achieved through the procedure of interprocess communication, which was basically the use of receiving or sending messages within DDE. Visual Basic also laid the foundation for COM by allowing created objects to be manipulated via their properties.

One of the primary developers responsible for the creation of COM is Anthony Williams. He wrote a number of papers that defined the concepts that would be used for COM. The ideas that were presented by Williams were used in the creation of OLE, or Object Linking and Embedding. It was built for the purpose of handling compound documents. It was first showcased with the 1991 version of Microsoft Word and MS Excel. A spreadsheet that has been placed within a Word document is a basic example of a compound document. Any changes that are made to the document within Excel will automatically be present in the document that is embedded in the Word document. When OLE 2 was introduced, it placed an emphasis on the use of the object model, and dealt heavily with software structures. By 1994, OCX was showcased by Microsoft.

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