Re: Is Component Object Model (COM) still popular now?

James Kanze <>
Sun, 17 May 2009 03:45:30 -0700 (PDT)
On May 17, 6:40 am, Phlip <> wrote: wrote:

I have just applied for a job which requires "excellent MS
COM skills" (sic) alongside several years' experience of
C++, so unless the advertisers have mangled the job
description, COM isn't dead yet.

If you have a "legacy system", then it will probably showcase
the technologies popular like 8 years ago.

The job requires "SQL/PLSQL, ASP.Net and Web skills
including HTML, ASP, ASP.Net, JavaScript plus Linux/Unix. "

Also "communications protocol (serial and Ethernet networks)
hardware devices, knowledge of SCADA or other control
systems, VB, Java, PHP and database knowledge. "

Surprisingly, the job title is "Support Engineer", not "the
Lord High Everything Else".

Wish me luck.

Hardly. I would bet "Support Engineer" means "debugger", and
you are expected to hunt bugs through all the layers of a
helluva huge system. Hide cyanide capsules in your new desk -
you'll probably need them!

Most of the "support engineers" I've seen deal with user
complaints. Most of which are due to the user not having read
the manual. Or simply being stupid. It's worse than having to
maintain bad code. (I worked some support jobs early in my
career, and I can assure you that the lists that you see aren't
exagerated. He can expect about 90% of the calls to be along
the lines: the system isn't doing X, and after investigation, he
finds out the reason is because the user configured X off.)

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