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Serviced Component Overview 

A serviced component is a class that is authored in a CLS-compliant language and that derives directly or indirectly from the System.EnterpriseServices.ServicedComponent class. Classes configured in this way can be hosted in a COM+ application and can use COM+ services by way of the EnterpriseServices namespace. For a list of supported services, see Summary of Available COM+ Services.

COM+ services, such as automatic transactions or Queued Components, can be configured declaratively. You apply service-related attributes at design time and create instances of classes that use those services. You configure some services by calling methods on service-related classes or interfaces. Some services can flow from one object to another. For example, an object configured to require a transaction can extend that transaction to a second object if the second object also supports or requires transactions.

The COM+ catalog holds the configuration information that you apply to a class implementation. At run time, based on the attributes you apply to your code, COM+ creates a context service layer. The following illustration shows an automatic transaction that flows between two managed objects hosted by COM+.

COM+ application hosting serviced components
Serviced Component Overview

Services can also flow between COM+ and .NET Framework objects. Each environment controls the implementation and execution of its native code; COM+ always provides the object context.


Client code must call Dispose on serviced components to ensure proper operation.

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