The Essentials of COM – Now on Pluralsight!

My latest Pluralsight course is now available: The Essentials of COM

The short version: Learn the essentials of Microsoft’s Component Object Model. Understand its history and design, its relationship to classic C++, and how to write COM code effectively with modern C++.

Need more convincing?

This is the first in a series of courses exploring the essentials of COM and the Windows Runtime. In this first course, you are going to learn everything you need to know to use COM confidently and effectively. This course explores the history of COM. You will learn about how C++ shaped the design of COM. You will learn the essentials of compilation and linking, fundamental to the idea of dynamically linking applications and components together. By the end of this course you will have a thorough understanding of COM’s IUnknown interface, how and why it works the way it does, how to implement it, how to use it, and how to wrap it up in a safe and efficient manner with modern C++ libraries.

Here’s a brief description of the modules in The Essentials of COM.

Microsoft’s Component Object Model: the essence of COM, the core concepts, where it came from, and the key players.

COM and C++: COM as a better C++98, dynamic linking, exporting objects, managing lifetime, and extending objects.

IUnknown and modern C++: HRESULTs, GUIDs, implementing IUnknown, IUnknown and C#, smart pointers, and C++11 as a better COM.

Libraries: Windows Runtime C++ Template Library and the Active Template Library

Stay tuned for “The Essentials of WinRT” as well as part 2 of this course, covering activation, apartments, and security!

I realize that many developers are captivated by managed code, but if you’re one of the lucky ones that still use C++ then please help spread the word regarding my Pluralsight courses. I love producing these courses, but it’s only possible with your support. So go out there and tell everyone you know that Pluralsight is the place to go for hardcode C++ developer training.


6 thoughts on “The Essentials of COM – Now on Pluralsight!

  1. Aidar Talibzhanov

    I hope Don Box does not object to the course name. His book “Essential COM” is still the best one.

    1. Kenny Kerr Post author

      Yes, Essential COM by Don Box is most likely the best COM book out there. It is however very dated and does not reflect modern COM or modern C++. The name of the course has more to do with the series of courses to follow and is only coincidentally similar to the book. As an example, I will be publishing “The Essentials of WinRT” later this year.

  2. David Vincent

    I’ve been on the fence about signing up for pluralsight because i’m not a developer, but i’ve always been interested in learning more about COM because of my experience as an IT Pro. Your course made me signup immediately because a course such as this rarely comes along, and i have way too much fun messing around with crazy com errors for clients on the desktop side.. i know that sounds borderline insane.. but i’m a sucker for a good mystery/rabbit hole 🙂

    Thanks for Authoring the course!!




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