Developers got a taste of the future of Windows yesterday as Microsoft publicly demonstrated support for COM+, the next iteration of the Component Object Model, in the company's Visual Studio tools.
Paul Gross, vice president of developer tools, used the Professional Developers Conference to show off Attributes, which are extensions to the Visual C++ language that aim to bring C++ classes and COM components closer together.
This technology, which will be available as part of Microsoft's Visual C++ Technology Preview, will help developers request specific services -- including transactions, queuing, remote access, and security -- in order to manage and deploy component-based applications, Gross said.
The 5,500 developers will receive a CD with a Technology Preview of Visual C++, which will include the extensions. The technology is slated for the next release of Visual Studio, code-named Rainier, which is due to ship 30 to 60 days after Windows NT 5.0 is released.
Microsoft will integrate COM+ into NT 5.0, due for release next year.
One professional developer who uses Visual C++ 6.0 is anxious to get his hands on these extensions.
"We've been waiting for this for awhile," said Jerry Plouffe, principal software engineer at Mangosoft, a publisher of PC connectivity software in Westboro, Massachusetts. Plouffe creates COM components with C++ today, and plans to use this technology to create COM+ components going forward.
Microsoft also demonstrated its Visual Studio Installer, which will take advantage of Windows NT 5.0's coming installation features.