VS 2008 SP1 and VSTO, why you should be seriously considering installation.

I’m not going to go into detail about everything in the VS 2008 SP1 package, but what I would like to point out some key deployment features that were added and why you would want to consider installing even if you have a large user base using a base VS 2008 customization.  In this discussion…

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A day at the movies.

It’s been quiet.  I’ve been super busy with a lot of things.  Some things I can talk about and mostly things I can’t.  What I can talk about:  I went to PAX this last weekend.  PAX (also known as Penny Arcade Expo) is a big convention for us "gaming" enthusiasts.  When I say "gaming" I…

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In the Before of the Beginning: Custom Prerequisites for VSTO ClickOnce (part II).

In my last post I talked about the first steps to building my Customer Prerequisite.  In it, I built an MSI that would display a message box during the install phase. Here is what Setup1looks like when you run it: It’s nothing too ingenious but it gets the job done. So…here we are with an…

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In the Before of the Beginning: Custom Prerequisites for VSTO ClickOnce (part I).

In January I talked about using Custom Prerequisites to add a little more specialization to the VSTO ClickOnce experience.  I didn’t go too much in depth into this and I’ve since seen a few comments crop up about them in some of the VSTO community spaces I watch.  So I’m going to go through a…

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MSI VSTO Deployment revealed

For the past couple of months I have been avoiding talking too much on this blog about about creating "Windows Installer" deployments of VSTO.  I’ve been avoiding it because we’ve been working on writing a well-formed paper on how to do this and I wanted to wait for it to come out.  So here’s the…

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Two years of lessons learned.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, I’m not quite ready to jump back into pushing deployment stuff again, I have had other things on my plate (vacation being one of them) and am finding less time to tackle the interesting questions that are coming through. That said, I do want to keep up…

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Correction!

I got ahead of myself and thought it was one week later than it really is (sort of good because I was beginning to think I was a lot further behind than I was).  I will be out next week.   Unfortunately this week has been super crazy.  I’m going to skip a full post this…

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One-Shot customizations, but we’re not VBA.

Last week I had the pleasure of getting some very interesting feedback from some of the Microsoft Office development audience (people who develop against office through VSTO/VSTA/VBA/Shared Add-ins/etc ).  If you were at said event and are now reading here because of it, I welcome you and hope you enjoy the time you spend. One…

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Click-Once forced updates in VSTO II: A fuller solution

  Last Week I talked about user-generated updates and the Click-Once Deployment Management API’s.  Based on some internal feedback and a large degree of personal interest, I’m going to come right back around to the same topic, but with a cleaner solution that does the whole kit and caboodle and does it nicely.  While certainly…

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