Distributed Component Object Model
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<programming> (DCOM) Microsoft's extension of their
Component Object Model (COM) to support objects distributed
across a network. DCOM has been submitted to the IETF as
a draft standard. Since 1996, it has been part of Windows NT and is also available for Windows 95.
Unlike CORBA, which runs on many operating systems, DCOM
is currently (Dec 1997) only implemented by Microsoft for
Microsoft Windows and by Software AG, under the name
"EntireX", for Unix and IBM mainframes. DCOM serves
the same purpose as IBM's DSOM protocol.
DCOM is broken because it's an object model that has no
provisions for inheritance, one of the major reasons for
object oriented programming in the first place.
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