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What is "Binary Compatability"?

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    COM supports Binary compatability...ofcourse COM revolves around this concept only....First tell me  what is "Binary compatability"..cud u pls explain me in depth.....
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Bhavana....
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Binary compatability is a generic term that means programs using the library do not need to be recompiled.  This only works if all the interfaces change only in ways that don't change function addresses, parameters, or return values.  DLLs were a simple solution to the problem (the functions are identified by index, so the loading program can look up the address) but not a very simple one.

COM, on the other hand, keeps track of interfaces, so the addresses are the same, but binary compatability can be maintained over more complex object like interfaces by keeping track of the function properties too.  Basically the object can not only report the addresses of the functions it exports, but can also provide a set of standard functions that report on the names and types of parameters the functions take.

This means you can make very complex changes to a COM library and, at least in theory, not break any of the programs that used the old library.

Hope this helps.
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