Chapter 19

Deploying Your Application

What You Will Learn in this Chapter

  • Deployment concepts and terminology
  • How to deploy a ClickOnce Application with Visual Studio 2012
  • How to create a setup program with Visual Studio 2012
  • How to edit the Installer user interface

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Deploying an application can be a complicated process, especially when dealing with large, complex applications. A wealth of knowledge is required about nearly every aspect of a deployment. A large software installation for Windows requires knowledge ranging from Registry settings, MIME types, and configuration files to database creation and manipulation. Companies tend to rely on dedicated deployment software for these large installations, together with key people who understand the processes involved. However, Visual Studio 2012 provides deployment functionality, which is tremendously helpful for the standard developer and smaller installations.

Under the Visual Studio 2012 banner, you can create many different types of applications, from desktop to web applications and services. All of them have varying degrees of complexity when it comes installation time.

Since this is a beginner's guide, this chapter provides an overview of deployment. ...

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