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Title:
The CORBA Reference Guide
Author:
Alan Pope
ISBN:
0 201 63386 8
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Pages:
407pp
Price:
£27-95
Reviewer:
Al Lines
Subject:
CORBA and COM
Appeared in:
11-4
CORBA, or Common Object Request Broker Architecture, is a technology designed for developing distributed systems. It does this by providing a common interface and descriptions for objects. In fact, just the kind of thing C++ programmers need! Here is where this Guide steps in, aimed at those wanting to understand the technology and also how to use it.

The author begins with the basics of objects and the rationale behind the Object Management Group (OMG) who came up with CORBA. Developing from this, is the Object Request Broker (ORB), the key mechanism through which objects communicate. The reader is then treated to both descriptions of the object interfaces and also some example structures; all the information you require to start building your own ORB.

I can profess to not (yet) requiring all of the contents of this book. However, it is clear and comprehensive to read and has proved itself as a reference to which I have returned. If you have any interest in CORBA or wish to try and use it, you should certainly look at this book, if you do not own it already.