Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 13, 1998)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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This is a disappointing book. It represents a very bigoted view of the world of distributed objects. The authors are CORBA zealots, and spend more time sniping at COM than conveying insight into the problems faced by programmers in the real world who have to make real systems talk to each other. Only near the end of the book does it even consider the possibility that you might want to call COM server objects from a CORBA client. But, OMG's CORBA interworking specs are very well written and handle the material much better. Download the CORBA/IIOP 2.2 Specification at the OMG web site.
The book is ok, but it doesn't leave you with enough information to sit down and write code with a COM/CORBA bridge. The other poster that said this book is biased to IONA's COMet product is incorrect though - I don't think COMet is even mentioned in the text, which is a shame, since COMet is the most popular COM/CORBA bridge around.
The title of this book should be; "How to use IONA's COMet." This book is very vendor specific. From experience, IONA's COM-CORBA bridge is very slow due to all of it's dynamic implementation. This book tells very little about how the different IDL's map to each other.
I bought the book and read it twice and found it was not what I expected. I easily get lost in the chapters and example. But it did give some useful and helpful data
These guys cover the subject reasonably well, although a lot of it is rehashing the OMG document. I enjoyed the vitriolic digs at COM, the authors' views match my own on the superiority of CORBA. In fact, a good summary of the book is "the OMG standard minus the even-handed neutrality"!
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