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Domain-Specific Development with Visual Studio DSL Tools by Alan Cameron Wills, Stuart Kent, Gareth Jones, Steve Cook

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9. Deploying a DSL

Introduction

So far, using a DSL has meant launching the generated designer as part of a debugging session in the experimental version of Visual Studio. This is suitable for the DSL author while building the designer, but is not an appropriate experience for users of the designer. Users will expect to launch the designer from within Visual Studio just like the XML or C# editor or the WinForms designer, after going through a familiar installation process. To enable that, DSL authors need to be able to build a Windows installer package (.msi file) for their designer. The DSL Tools make this really easy by providing a DSL Setup project template, which is used to create a setup project in the DSL authoring solution. Building the ...

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