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Component Object Model

Posted on: November 23, 2007

The Component Object Model was designed by Microsoft to be a language-agnostic architecture where programmers could re-use binary code objects easily. In more simple terms, someone, somewhere can write a COM component with various functions in any language they please, and you can obtain a compiled, binary copy of that component, and call those functions in your own language.

It is not as flexible as the .NET architecture, because you can only call functions and send and receive variables – with .NET, the language-agnosticism has been taken even further to allow you to inherit new classes from classes created in a different language.


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