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Smart Client Deployment with ClickOnce

The Developer's Guide to Deploying Windows Forms Applications

Author: Brian Noyes
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
ISBN: 978-0321197696
336 pp., paperback

Brian Noyes is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, and an international speaker, trainer, writer and consultant with IDesign, Inc. ( He speaks at Microsoft TechEd US, Europe and Malaysia, Visual Studio Connections, SDC Netherlands, DevTeach Montreal, VSLive!, DevEssentials and other conferences, and is a top rated speaker on the INETA Speakers Bureau. He has published numerous articles on .NET development for The Server Side .NET, MSDN Magazine, MSDN Online, CoDe Magazine, Visual Studio Magazine, asp.netPRO, .NET Developer's Journal, and other publications.

Deploying .NET Applications

Learning MSBuild and ClickOnce

Author: Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 1590596528
280 pp., paperback

Whether building a console application, a web service, or a smart client, you eventually need to distribute your finished work. Deploying .NET Applications is a complete guide to delivering applications built with .NET. Packed with hands-on guidance, practical examples, and war stories from the authors' many experiences with deployment scenarios, this book provides everything you need to know. The book begins by introducing the deployment problem, then examines why deployment is an engineering problem for organizations. Subsequent chapters provide detail about deploying each type of application, then discuss automated deployments.

Sayed Y. Hashimi is a consultant and trainer in Jacksonville, Florida. Sayed has worked for startups and Fortune 100 companies. He has developed large-scale distributed applications with a variety of programming languages and platforms, including C++, Java, and .NET. Sayed has published in major software journals on topics ranging from low-level programming techniques to high-level architecture concepts.

The Definitive Guide to Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services (Updated Edition)

Free download (registration required)


Author: Greyson Mitchem

What makes this book particularly interesting is its chapter about Application Installation and Compatibility, including installation via Group Policy.

The How-To Guide to Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services

Free download (registration required)


Author: Greyson Mitchem

What makes this book particularly interesting is its chapter about Application Installation and Compatibility, including installation via Group Policy.

Software Release Methodology

Software Release Methodology


Author: Michael Bays
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 0136365647
240 pp., hard cover

The ability of implementation teams to coordinate code creation, integration activities, defect tracking, source code control, and product change management is critical to the success of efficient software development. The purpose of this book is to point out potential problems and show strategies to handle all these stages in the life cycle of a software product. The book gives a comprehensive overview on all these topics, but also goes into detail by providing practical solutions for tasks like release classification and numbering.

No matter how large (or small) your project or software development organization, you'll find carefully designed, practical solutions that enhance quality, reduce costs, and get you to market faster. Coverage includes:

  • Why product builds are so difficult, and how to solve the problem.
  • Simple defect tracking techniques that make sure problems actually get fixed.
  • Managing releases on hard media, soft media, and "net" media.
  • Preventing problems on media masters.
  • Release numbering and naming: setting customer expectations and avoiding confusion.
  • Change control for managing your software development process from start to finish.
  • Organizational solutions that work in establishing release management and services.

What makes the book unique is not that it introduces new concepts, but that it is a collection of information that is not available in this completeness elsewhere.

The author, Michael Bays, is the release engineering manager for Cisco Systems Enterprise Line of Business with more than ten years of direct and indirect experience in integration and product release, which makes this book very usable in the real world.

The table of contents can be found at the Prentice Hall web site

Bulletproof Installs

Bulletproof Installs


A Developer's Guide to Install Programs for Windows

Author: Leslie Easter
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 0-13-798091-4
464 pp., paper bound with CD-ROM

The book starts with the very basics: What is an install program, and why do you need it at all. But starting with Chapter 3 it concentrates on InstallShield. It explains in details all the terms and concepts of InstallShield5, thus eliminating a common source of misunderstandings and problems that make a beginner's life hard. The second half of the book provides an overview of the InstallShield API, including the undocumented, but often useful, internal SdDialog and WinSub functions. It also explains how to extend InstallShield's capabilities by calling Windows APIs and creating custom dialogs. It has several examples for the more difficult tasks like shell and registry interaction. What the advanced users as well as the experts will love are Leslie's "InstallScript Modules". A set of useful functions (also included on the accompanying CD-ROM) that were taken from OrangeBrain's InstallShield training lessons. Thus the book covers and goes beyond the "Using InstallShield" and part of the "Advanced InstallShield" trainings.

Additional information can be found at the Prentice Hall web site: Table of contents, author bio, the preface and a sample chapter.

This book was written for InstallShield 5.1, an update CD for IS 5.5 is available from the author. In the meantime InstallShield Professional 6.0 has been released, with an enhanced IDE and some changes in the scripting language. However, a large part of the information in this book is still true and applicable. If you are using InstallShield 5.5 or 6.0 you should be careful when installing the accompanying CD-ROM. Some of these enhanced templates and wizards will not work or even break the functionality of your version.

Programming Windows

Programming Windows


The Definitive Guide to the Win32 API

Author: Charles Petzold
Publisher: Microsoft Press
ISBN: 157231995X
1479 pp., hard cover with CD-ROM

The 5th edition of the standard book on Windows programming has been fully revised for Windows 98. But it's still "Petzold style", that is: straight C code and Windows APIs, no C++ or MFC. What may be a disadvantage in application development is welcome for InstallShield developers, because it makes it easier to port Petzold's sample code to InstallScript. Later revesions of this book use C# or VB .NET instead.


deutsch Dieses Buch ist auch als deutsche Ausgabe verfügbar:

Windows Programmierung. Das Entwicklerhandbuch zur WIN32- API.

5. Auflage, 1999
Verlag: Microsoft Press, München
ISBN: 3860634879
1350Seiten, gebunden, mit CD-ROM (enthält auch den Text der englischen Ausgabe)

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