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3          <paragraph>          <paragraph>
4                  <paragraph>                  <paragraph>
5                          The COM standard allows software components written in different languages to communicate with each other.                          The COM standard allows software components written in different languages to communicate with each other.
6                          However, building COM compliant applications requires the development of large amount of code only dedicated                          However, building COM compliant applications requires the development of a large amount of code only dedicated
7                          to supporting the technology. The EiffelCOM wizard was designed to free Eiffel developers from having to write                          to supporting the technology. The EiffelCOM wizard was designed to free Eiffel developers from having to write
8                          the plumbing code.                          the plumbing code.
9                  </paragraph>                  </paragraph>
10                  <paragraph>                  <paragraph>
11                          The EiffelCOM wizard is a powerful tool that enables the fast development of COM components in Eiffel and                          The EiffelCOM wizard is a powerful tool that enables the fast development of COM components in Eiffel and
12                          access COM components from Eiffel systems. It consists of a series of input fields, which ask about the                          accessing COM components from Eiffel systems. It consists of a series of input fields, which ask about the
13                          component's characteristics. The wizard needs the data to produce an Eiffel system skeleton, the code to                          component's characteristics. The wizard needs the data to produce an Eiffel system skeleton, the code to
14                          access or create a component, and the component-specific runtime libraries.                          access or create a component, and the component-specific runtime libraries.
15                  </paragraph>                  </paragraph>
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25                  <paragraph>                  <paragraph>
26                          The wizard generates code from a Type Library and additional information given by the user. The generated code                          The wizard generates code from a Type Library and additional information given by the user. The generated code
27                          consists of Eiffel classes, C/C++files, and library files. The wizard automatically produces library files from generated                          consists of Eiffel classes, C/C++ files, and library files. The wizard automatically produces library files from generated
28                          C and C++ code. You do not need to modify generated C/C++ code to build your EiffelCOM system.                          C and C++ code. You do not need to modify generated C/C++ code to build your EiffelCOM system.
29                  </paragraph>                  </paragraph>
30                  <heading>                  <heading>
31                          <size>2</size>                          <size>2</size>
32                          <content>Code Generation Process</content>                          <content>Code Generation Process</content>
33                  </heading>                  </heading>
34                    <image>
35                            <url>images/introduction.png</url>
36                    </image>
37                  <paragraph>                  <paragraph>
38                          The wizard can automatically compile the generated C and Eiffel code. To produce a Type Library corresponding to a given IDL file the wizard relies on                            The wizard can automatically compile the generated C and Eiffel code. To produce a Type Library corresponding to a given IDL file the wizard relies on  
39                          <bold>MIDL</bold>, the Microsoft IDL compiler. You may also provide the wizard with a Type Library directly.                          <bold>MIDL</bold>, the Microsoft IDL compiler. You may also provide the wizard with a Type Library directly.

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