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               Newsletter for developers and programmers 
 Feb 2000                                         Issue #5
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Welcome to the weekly newsletter for 
developers and programmers.

This week sees the launch of the long-awaited Windows 2000, 
and the team are going to the London 
event so we hope to be reporting back on our version of 
events!  We will be wearing the exclusive IDude tshirts and 
if you are there and happen to spot us, come over and have 
a chat and ask us for a freebie.

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Tshirts will be available shortly of all the IGang and more!

Even as this new product is launched, news is breaking this 
week about VS7 and new features in VB, plus the expected
release dates of Whistler and Millennium - further Microsoft
operating systems.  Check out Breaking News for more details
and watch this space!

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Top article last week was the unbelievably popular second 
article from Dr Richard Grimes about WTL Architecture.

Other new articles include:

Coding a DCOM server component from IDL by Gopalan Suresh Raj

Coding a DCOM client by Gopalan Suresh Raj

Gopalan's COM Threading Models article has been amended this 
week thanks to feedback from Julian Templeman.

Sendhil Arunagiri writes about a log in page for your
website using ASP

Further articles have been delayed due to a hectic week for 
the IDR Team.  Apologies and they should all go on the site 
during next week.

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I would like to invoke COM objects on different remote 
machines programmatically. I can do this using 
CoCreateInstanceEx and give the remote machine info. But, 
how could I do this using MTS?


I don't feel enough at home yet with ATL to understand most 
of Richard Grimes' WTL article, but I would like to play 
with the WTL utility classes (CString etc) from a 
*console program*.

What is the minimal setup to do this? I assume I will need 
a _Module, and thus a HINSTANCE...


Setup hot standby MTS (to serve the clients in case working 
MTS is down)

May I know how to set up a backup MTS for the network? 
Can I just set up a system with MTS and copy all the 
packages to the new system with MTS? 
Will the clients have difficulty searching for the correct 
package if there are 2 MTS with the same packages in the 

Check out the questions and answers in Ask The Gurus at

XML Forums

The XML forums, designed by our very own Rich Anderson, are
now up and running, so dive in there and test them out.

We plan to set up forums for each channel and also more
general forums for discussion, and on the developer world.
Let us know what you would like to talk about and we'll 
start the ball rolling! 

Windows 2000

We're looking for views, experience of deploying and 
developing with W2K, and are always on the lookout for case 
studies, particularly in business environments to share with
the rest of the community, not only involving W2K, but any of the 
technologies featured on the site.

Coming Soon....

- Watch out for the new series on VB COM which will begin 
this month


Thanks to the COM+ developers who have come forward to 
contribute to the COM+ Development Series. 

We are still looking for COM+ FAQ's as well as authors for 
the remaining articles.  

If you feel capable of covering one of the articles outlined
please contact [email protected]

And that's all for this week - lots more news and reports 
on events next week.

The Team
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