John Lam has stumbled across a class photo from a Developmentor Optimizing DCOM course held in August 1997. It brings back some memories for me. I'm the guy with the beard and blue t-shirt just behind John at the center of the picture. After a week working in Milpitas I'd driven down the coast over a weekend to attend the course. I'd already done a lot of work with COM at this point but I still learnt a lot during this week. It was hard work but I came away with a much deeper understanding of DCOM.
Strange to think that at height of my interest in DCOM, design work had already started work on its nemesis. Jump forward three years to the 2000 PDC in Orlando and people were running around exuberantly declaring "COM is dead!".