Support for disconnected operation is extremely useful in distributed computing. The Queued Components service of Windows 2000, which uses MSMQ instead of RPC as the transport mechanism for COM, is a fairly easy way to get disconnected operation.
How do you expose custom and proprietary data formats through a common and standard programming interface? Here, you'll see three ways to pack your data into recordsets so that they can be successfully handled later via OLE DB and ADO.
HTTP 1.1 lets you edit Web content from remote locations, but it lacks features needed for team development, such as file locking and versioning. Distributed Authoring and Versioning is a set of extensions that fill this gap.