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ATL Internals by Brent E. Rector

"This book is the definitive reference for ATL programmers. The chapter on CComObject is worth the price alone."--Don Box, COM guy, DevelopMentor "Brent and Chris are always technically accurate and present the information in a well written, easy to understand manner... I bought it and I'm the ATL Development Lead!"--Christian Beaumont, ATL Development Lead, Microsoft Corporation

The Active Template Library (ATL) is a set of small, efficient, and flexible classes that facilitate the creation of interoperable COM components. Written for experienced COM and Visual C++ programmers, this book provides in-depth coverage of ATL's inner workings. It offers insight into the rationale behind ATL design, explains its architectural underpinnings, shows how ATL maps to COM, and describes important implementation details.

With coverage current through ATL version 3.0, ATL Internals includes an overview of the Wizards but then goes well beyond the basics. The authors provide the detailed information needed to utilize ATL to its greatest advantage and work around its shortcomings. You will find detailed coverage of such topics as:

  • ATL Smart Types, such as CComPtr, CComVariant, and CComBSTR
  • Objects in ATL, covering COM object responsibilities and ATL threading model support
  • Servers in ATL, including ATL's class object implementations, managing server lifetime, self-registration, and server build optimizations
  • Interface maps, focusing on the techniques C++ programmers can use to implement COM interfaces and how ATL supports these techniques
  • Persistence and connection points
  • Enumeration, covering both pre-calculatedand dynamic data sets, and enumerating over an STL container
  • ATL windowing classes
  • Controls and Control Containment

If you want to optimize ATL by learning effective techniques that reduce the time you spend writing boilerplate COM code, there is no better resource than this book.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780201695892
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Publication date: 03/26/1999
Series: Object Technology Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 7.29(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Brent E. Rector is President of Wise Owl Consulting, Inc., a firm that specializes in Windows/COM development and consulting. He also teaches classes on COM, ATL, and MTS for DevelopMentor, a leading COM education firm. He received the Microsoft Annual MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award for his contributions to CompuServe's Windows forums.

Chris Sells is a content strategist on the Microsoft MSDN content team. Previously, he was the director of software engineering at DevelopMentor. Chris is the author of Windows Telephony Programming (Addison-Wesley, 1998) and Windows Forms Programming in Visual Basic .NET (Addison-Wesley, 2004), and coauthor of Effective COM (Addison-Wesley, 1999), ATL Internals (Addison-Wesley, 1999), and Essential .NET, Volume 1 (Addison-Wesley, 2003).


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