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March 2, 2000

ICONIX announces "Comprehensive COM, Volume 4: "MTS/MSMQ/COM+"

Santa Monica, CA -- ICONIX Software Engineering, industry leader in object-oriented training, has released the 4th volume in a series of multimedia tutorials detailing Microsoft's COM technology. "Volume 4: 'MTS/MSMQ/COM+'," is the fourth in a series of 5 tutorials covering the Component Object Model. Volume 4 begins by discussing the complex nature of distributed development and the problems which need to be solved. An explanation of the Microsoft Transaction Server, a server side environment for creating large scale distributed systems, takes the viewer through the execution of an MTS transaction. Topics covered include: Activities, Role based security, MTS transaction support and Just in time activation.

The tutorial then takes a look at message queuing and the Microsoft Message Queuing Server (MSMQ), using narrated source code as examples. Animated diagrams help to explaning queueing, step-by-step.

The remainder of the volume is devoted to COM+, the next generation of COM. The anatomy of COM+ transactions is covered in detail, including the use of proxies and interceptors. Use of the COM+ catalog and event service is explained, as well as the COM+ In Memory Database. A variety of advanced COM topics, such as compensating resource managers, is also discussed. Other topics include: object pooling, dynamic load balancing, communication between different transaction contexts, and the COM+ Explorer.

ICONIX president, Doug Rosenberg, stated, "We are pleased to add this volume to the continuing series, Comprehensive COM. Volume 4 covers a broad range of material and is an important addition to the Comprehensive COM tutorial series. Taken collectively, the series represents the most extensive multimedia reference to this important technology available on the market today."

Earlier volumes focused on COM from the client perspective (volume 1), COM from the server-side (volume 2), and DCOM internals/ActiveX technologies (volume 3). The remaining volume in the COM series will cover the following:

Volume Five: COM Programming with ATL

Recognized around the world as leaders in the OO software engineering technology, ICONIX's popular multimedia CD-ROM tutorials are currently in widespread use in over 40 countries. All CBT tutorials are available directly through calling ICONIX or by ordering at the secure on-line web site.

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