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Packaging and deploying the application

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Video: Packaging and deploying the application

You have made it to the last step in creating the simple RSS application. You built and tested info reader, and are ready to deploy it to your customer's computer. I'll show you two techniques to deploy your application. Before we ship our application, we want to switch from Debug build to Release build. This will ensure that our code is optimized. To do that, I need to be inside Visual Studio. So, I have opened the Visual Studio and have opened the solution called Info Reader, which has a project called InfoReaderVFinished. To Release mode, I go to this dropdown here and choose Release.

Packaging and deploying the application

You have made it to the last step in creating the simple RSS application. You built and tested info reader, and are ready to deploy it to your customer's computer. I'll show you two techniques to deploy your application. Before we ship our application, we want to switch from Debug build to Release build. This will ensure that our code is optimized. To do that, I need to be inside Visual Studio. So, I have opened the Visual Studio and have opened the solution called Info Reader, which has a project called InfoReaderVFinished. To Release mode, I go to this dropdown here and choose Release.

Now when I click Build, it's going to take and compile the application and put it in a Release-specific folder. I can see that folder by going out to my hard drive, right-click, choose Open Folder in Windows Explorer, and all of my compiled code lives in this folder here, the bin folder, which stands for binary. And down here, of course, is where my Release build is. There is my exe, the most important file for this application, and this is my database file.

So what I am going to do is I am going to copy this Release folder and put it somewhere my hard drive. This is what your user would do. They would take this folder, put it somewhere on their computer--let's say their desktop--and then they will double- click on this InfoReaderFinished.exe, and there's our application. Let's see if works. I will type in "RIA" and choose to Search RSS, check the blog section to see if it's working correctly--it looks like it is--and look at my history. Excellent! It's working. So, really, it's that simple to deploy.

The user can change the name of the folder, they can move it to a new location. It just works. Of course, there are some drawbacks to this simple matter of deployment. If you upgrade the application, you would have to make sure that each user gets the newer copy. Also, the simple copy doesn't add any desktop icons or shortcuts to the Start menu. Visual Studio provides a normal Windows installer and a Click once installer that address these issues. I'd like to show you how to create a Clickonce installer. I am going to switch back to Visual Studio, and then I am going to double-click on this Properties node in the Solution Explorer.

Next, I'm going to go down to the Publish section, and then I'm going to click on the Publish Wizard. I have many more details about how to create Clickonce applications in another section of this title. For now though, I am just going to click the Publish Wizard. This is the location on my hard drive where the files will be published, a folder underneath my project. I will click Next. I will choose to install from a CD-ROM, and that my application will not check for updates, and then I am finished. I click the Finish button, wait about two seconds, and then Visual Studio compiles my application, publishes the application, and then opens up Windows Explorer and shows me the files.

Here is the file I would give my user, and then they would double-click on the setup.exe. And Clickonce sees that I have not digitally signed my executable, so it's telling the user, "I can't verify this publisher. Are you sure you want to install this application?" They're going to click on Install. Now, here's the application. This application has a shortcut in the Start menu. Now before I compiled this, I should've added our company name and our publisher information or web site. I didn't do that, so I got the default values.

But let's go find out where it's stored. If I look into Start menu, here is my Info Reader. I can click on this link to run it. It's also stored in All Programs. Because I used the default, it's currently stored in the Microsoft folder. There it is again. Since it was a regular install, it also is un-installable by the user if they go to Features and click Programs and Features, and this shows all the installed applications, and my Info Reader application is down here.

It shows the date it was installed and who the publisher is. Now the user can go and can use Uninstall or Change, choose to remove the application, and now all traces of this application are gone from their computer. That's the last topic in his chapter on building a simple WPF application. We created a user interface, wrote some C# code, and determined how to use data within the database, and read RSS feeds from the Internet. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, we had the big finale. We created a simple Clickonce deployment application. Here's a tidbit for you before I go: you will find a lot of details about each of these phases elsewhere in this course.

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Visual Studio 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 7m 19s
    1. Understanding the Visual Studio versions
      3m 51s
    2. Setting up your developer computer
      3m 28s
  3. 58m 2s
    1. Creating a Visual Studio project
      4m 58s
    2. Working with Solution Explorer
      6m 32s
    3. Working with big projects
      3m 53s
    4. Taking a tour of the Integrated Developer Environment (IDE)
      8m 36s
    5. Introducing drag-and-drop UI design
      7m 38s
    6. Working with the Properties window
      6m 44s
    7. Looking at Server Explorer
      7m 4s
    8. Exploring the new Help engine
      6m 41s
    9. Setting options for the IDE
      5m 56s
  4. 39m 25s
    1. Creating a simple WPF application
      1m 32s
    2. Building the UI with the editors
      9m 14s
    3. Working with the application code
      3m 37s
    4. Communicating with the web site
      7m 15s
    5. Connecting your data
      8m 4s
    6. Binding to an RSS feed
      5m 4s
    7. Packaging and deploying the application
      4m 39s
  5. 39m 46s
    1. What languages are supported in Visual Studio 2010?
      1m 17s
    2. Exploring basic settings for the Code Editor
      5m 35s
    3. Writing a C# program
      6m 48s
    4. Writing a VB program
      6m 29s
    5. Working with C++
      6m 38s
    6. Working with F Sharp
      6m 9s
    7. Font and color options
      6m 50s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Formatting your code
      6m 43s
    2. Navigating your code
      7m 44s
    3. Using the Task List
      2m 26s
    4. Commenting your code
      2m 45s
    5. Documenting your code
      8m 26s
    6. Using IntelliSense effectively
      7m 0s
    7. Working with code snippets
      6m 25s
    8. Refactoring your code
      5m 15s
    9. Understanding code generation
      2m 10s
    10. Generating code with T4
      6m 29s
    11. Using the Class View, Class Designer, and Class Diagram tools
      5m 51s
    12. Refactoring VB with CodeRush Xpress
      4m 33s
  7. 1h 11m
    1. Working with project and item templates
      8m 38s
    2. Creating a console application
      7m 5s
    3. Creating a class library
      6m 26s
    4. Creating a web site with ASP.NET
      7m 37s
    5. Creating a rich internet application with Silverlight
      6m 57s
    6. Creating a classic Windows application with Windows Forms
      10m 31s
    7. Creating a dramatic Windows application with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
      4m 41s
    8. Creating a WCF service
      9m 1s
    9. Using an existing WCF service
      6m 38s
    10. Navigation UI designs with the Document Outline view
      3m 41s
  8. 33m 18s
    1. Creating a data project with SQL Project
      6m 24s
    2. Clarifying the confusion on .NET Data
      3m 31s
    3. Using ADO.NET in your application
      6m 50s
    4. Creating typed datasets
      7m 55s
    5. Using the data binding tools
      8m 38s
  9. 30m 13s
    1. Debugging code
      9m 32s
    2. Working with the Watch and other debug windows
      7m 46s
    3. Other debugging techniques
      6m 50s
    4. IntelliTrace historical debugging in Visual Studio Ultimate
      6m 5s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Understanding Visual Studio editions and test tools
      2m 22s
    2. Verifying your code with unit tests
      8m 58s
    3. Running performance and load tests
      6m 36s
  11. 34m 5s
    1. Building your application
      4m 19s
    2. Customizing the build process with MSBuild
      6m 36s
    3. Setting assembly information
      2m 12s
    4. Deploying a basic Windows application
      2m 19s
    5. Creating an installer with Visual Studio
      7m 39s
    6. Creating a ClickOnce application
      5m 13s
    7. Setting up IIS for deploy
      2m 9s
    8. Deploying a Silverlight or ASP.NET application
      3m 38s
  12. 14m 0s
    1. Understanding source control
      2m 9s
    2. Setting up Team Foundation Server source control
      3m 5s
    3. Using Team Foundation Server source control
      8m 46s
  13. 17m 31s
    1. Understanding the .NET Office integration
      4m 16s
    2. Making a Word 2010 application
      7m 54s
    3. Making an Excel 2010 add-in
      5m 21s
  14. 31m 34s
    1. Understanding the extensibility model in Visual Studio
      2m 17s
    2. Adding external tools to the Tools menu
      4m 42s
    3. Creating macros
      7m 16s
    4. Using the Extension Manager
      5m 1s
    5. Creating an MEF add-in
      7m 9s
    6. Deploying and installing an add-in with VSIX
      5m 9s
  15. 25m 34s
    1. Working with configuration files
      5m 37s
    2. Using the Settings Editor
      7m 30s
    3. Using the Resources Editor
      6m 59s
    4. Localizing your resources
      5m 28s
  16. 1m 17s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 17s

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