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Professional Visual Studio 2015 by Bruce Johnson

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Chapter 49Packaging and Deployment

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One area of software development that is often overlooked is how to deploy the application. Building an installer is a simple process and can transform your application from an amateur utility to a professional tool. This chapter looks at how you can build a Windows Installer for any type of .NET application.

One of the more controversial choices that Microsoft made for Visual Studio was the decision to retire Visual Studio Installer Projects. Although this announcement was made years prior to the release of Visual Studio 2015, that doesn't mean that the impact of the decision won't be felt by many developers.

With Visual Studio 2015, there are basically two choices available to deploy your application. Included with Visual Studio 2015 is the InstallShield Limited Edition project template. Actually, what is included is a link that points you to a download InstallShield Limited Edition. When it is installed (and Visual Studio restarted), you see the template appear in the New Project ...

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