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Application Development Using Visual Basic® and .NET by Dana L. Wyatt, Peter Thorsteinson, Robert J. Oberg

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Private Assembly Deployment

For private assembly deployment, the assembly is copied to the same directory as the client program that references it. No registration is needed, and no fancy installation program is required. When the component is removed, no registry cleanup is needed, and no uninstall program is required. Just delete it from the hard drive.[4]

[4] Of course, this process does not put any icons on the desktop or entries on the Start menu.

Of course, no self-respecting programmer would ever provide a commercial component that required the end user to manually copy or delete any files in this way, even if it is remarkably simple to do. Users have become accustomed to using a formal installation program, so it should be provided, even ...

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