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The development process does not end when the source code is compiled and the testing is complete. At that stage, the job of getting the application into the user’s hands begins. Whether it’s an ASP.NET application, a WPF client application, or an application built for Windows 8, the software must be deployed to a target environment.
Deployment should be considered very early in the design of the application, as this can influence the technology to be used for the application itself.
The .NET Framework has made deployment much easier than it was in the past. The pains of registering COM components and writing new hives to the registry have been eliminated.
This chapter looks at the options that are available for application deployment, both from an ASP.NET perspective and from the rich client perspective including Windows 8 Apps.
Often, deployment is an afterthought in the development process that can lead to nasty, if not costly, surprises. To ...