Scott Hanselman

ASP.NET WebServices calling Apartment-Threaded COM Components...

July 17, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Web Services | ASP.NET | XML | Tools
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If you've ever had to call a VB6 Component from an ASP.NET (ASMX) XML Web Service, you may (most probably) get threading errors.  In ASP.NET Apps you can mark the Page directive with "ASPCompat='true'" but there is not a equivalent tag for Web Services.  So, there's a few things you can do:
  • Put the VB Component in COM+ (Preferred if the COM Object is part of a larger interaction, and you want fine control over your SOAP)
  • Figure out a different way to expose the COM Object as a Web Service, perhaps with Classic ASP and SOAP Toolkit 3.0 (Quick if you just want to get your component, but has larger design ramifications for big systems)

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Friday, 18 July 2003 03:10:03 UTC
Hey Scott...presumably you could reflect on the VB COM object and use the code DOM to generate a dynamic assembly that would expose the same interface. Then you could write a delegating wrapper class that created a thread, created the VB COM component on the thread, expose the original interface, and then forwarded all calls on the thread so that apartment model would work ... right? ;-) Well, yeah, by the time you got this all working it would be easier to just rewrite the COM component, but think how much fun it would be!
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