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The Definitive Guide to Windows Installer / Edition 1
     

The Definitive Guide to Windows Installer / Edition 1

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by Phil Wilson, P. Wilson
 

ISBN-10: 1590592972

ISBN-13: 9781590592977

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Apress

* Comprehensive Guide to Windows Installer technology – applicable for all languages and tools on the Microsoft platform.

* Focus on use from Visual Studio and Visual Studio .NET means it does not require purchase of a separate high-priced installation tool (from InstallShield or Wise). The Windows Installer ships with Visual Studio .NET resulting in

Overview

* Comprehensive Guide to Windows Installer technology – applicable for all languages and tools on the Microsoft platform.

* Focus on use from Visual Studio and Visual Studio .NET means it does not require purchase of a separate high-priced installation tool (from InstallShield or Wise). The Windows Installer ships with Visual Studio .NET resulting in increasing market share—and the need for this book.

* Extensive coverage of .NET project types including web applications and services – information not found anywhere else.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590592977
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Series:
The Expert's Voice in Net Series
Edition description:
1st Corrected ed. 2004. Corr. 3rd printing 2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.30(d)

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Many developers who write applications for a Microsoft operating system know all too well of installation hazards. The possibility of introducing DLLs that are incompatible with existing DLLs, for example. Plus lots more things that could fail. Wilson starts off his book with a listing of what could traditionally go wrong in an installation. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this was a wretched state of affairs. You typically had programming expertise in your particular field. But there should have been no a priori reason why this expertise should have to stretch to the installation process. Right? Wilson gives an alternative. He details how you can use Windows Installer to install and uninstall your application. The process is still nontrivial, mind you. Which is why we have a book of this length. But it shows how, if you fit your application within WI's strictures, then the entire install is now much easier and safer. Perhaps the single best advantage is that WI makes your install a transaction. Either it all works, or the install will fail and your system will be unaffected. Atomic. We have rollback ability. Those of you familiar with SQL and transaction processing will recognise this. Wilson shows that WI is in fact based on SQL tables and relational processing. Some people at Microsoft made a nice design! By undergirding the installation with SQL tables. It lets WI have an inner coherent structure, into which third party applications can fit, in a disciplined way. Plus, it allows the panoply of SQL queries. At the right level, it is an elegant approach.