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COM & ActiveX Interop reference for C# and VB.NET
This section details methods and types available in
existing COM and ActiveX controls. This list was compiled by creating
a RCW (runtime callable wrapper) for a wide selection of COM DLLs, using
tlImp. Each of the wrapper dlls were then inspected using reflection to
compile a comprehensive list of methods and types for each object. Off-the-shelf COM objects can save developers time, rather
than re-inventing a pure .NET version of the functionality. To minimize performance
hits, COM objects can be loaded either dynamically at run time, with late-binding,
or at design time with early binding. The book Network
Programming in .NET
(Buy at Amazon UK) (Buy at Amazon US)
details how to use COM objects in your .NET applications in much greater
detail than I can discuss here in this introduction.