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Smart Client Deployment with ClickOnce: Deploying Windows Forms Applications with ClickOnce by Brian Noyes

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Foreword

IN MAY OF 2003 I embarked on a smart client journey that is even more relevant and interesting today. I mean, think about it. There is a reason we switched to building Web applications in the late 90s/early 00s—and that reason was the pain of COM-based Windows application deployments and the ease of Web-based deployments. Deployment is also the single most important ingredient to the success of the smart client revolution. Because of .NET’s ClickOnce, the smart client revolution is in full swing.

The most misunderstood thing about ClickOnce (and possibly the most misunderstood concept in all of .NET) is the result of the simple five-minute demo that most .NET developers have seen or done. Because of this powerful yet simple demo, most ...

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