com in Mac-X????

ram

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Hi All,
Any idea whether Mac supports anthing similar to Microsofts COM??
Or everything has to use only raw RPC???

thnx
 

spike666

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the one thing that comes to mind is Java. Now that OSX runs a current JVM (1.3.x) you would be able to run a very robust Java object model, including i would imagine a full J2EE system which would allow you to do full EJB remote object (EJB = COM+/MTS, straight Javabeans = COM)

heck, right now i've got apache jakarta Tomcat running to do javabeans! which totally rocks btw...

 

rharder

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I guess AppleEvents are similar.

I've not yet seen what the OS X equivalent of ActiveX, COM, etc is. I sure hope there's something nifty like it though.

-Rob
 

ladavacm

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Well, (D)COM is a ripoff of DCE/RPC. OMG Corba is a successor :) There are many ORBs floating around.

For hardcore UNIXers, fork(2), execve(2), and socketpair(2) et. al. have been doing the job for the last 20+ years, and are available under MOSX, as well.
 

rharder

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Yeah, but it would be nice to have something as easy to implement as ActiveX communication.

Sure we'd prefer it not be some proprietary nonsense, since there <em>are</em> legitimate open standards for such things, but seriously, have you ever tried to set up your own JavaSpaces? J2EE server? It would be so much nicer if there was a system-supported communication standard (which there may be--I don't know).

Even nicer would be if some of these standards like CORBA could be the "native" language for OS X high-level communication.

-Rob
 

strobe

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That's a horrible idea. CORBA is the most bloated method imaginable. ugh.

If you're interested in COM look at CoreFoundation plugins, they follow the COM API.
 

rharder

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Okay, maybe not CORBA, but <em>something</em> standardized. Not another proprietary protocol, please.

-Rob
 

fchang

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From what I know, Objective C has features which are very similar to COM. If you want DCOM-like features, I think Objective C has them, too, although I have not looked too much into it.

On the other hand, new standards like SOAP are emerging which will provide DCOM-like solutions across platforms, which are worth looking into.
 

goron

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Objective C does indeed do what [D]COM does.
Java (javabeans,EJB) does it too.

Both far more elegantly that COM

MS has seen the light here and followed the Java model with .NET/C# so you may see that as an endorsement.
 

shtjonathan

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At lasts WWDC someone from Apple said that NSBundle is actually a lightweight implementation of COM. So you might take a look at NSBundle.

Good luck,
 
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