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Smart Client Deployment with ClickOnce: Deploying Windows Forms Applications with ClickOnce 1st Edition

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"ClickOnce demos may look simple, but those techniques only work for simple applications. Brian Noyes gives us the information we need to use ClickOnce in the real world, and he does it with a comprehensive and organized presentation. If you expect your smart client application to move very far beyond 'Hello, World, ' you'll want this book to help you deploy it."
"--Billy Hollis, president/owner, Elysian Consulting, Microsoft Regional Director""Once again Brian has outdone himself. As a writer, I tend to be very critical of all technical publications, including my own . . . and it is such a pleasure to read anything Brian writes because he studies his topics well, resulting in an accurate, thorough, yet concise piece of work. ClickOnce being a new technology that deals with the pains we all have with application deployment, versioning, and security, it is important to have a text that will guide you through the learning process, give you sound advice for adopting the technology, and explain why you should even care. Brian gives his readers all of that."
"--Michele Leroux Bustamante, chief architect, IDesign, Microsoft Regional Director""ClickOnce is the key to Windows and smart client deployment. Brian's book is the key to successfully using ClickOnce. This book walks you through using ClickOnce, from the basics to advanced scenarios. It is an excellent resource."
"--Rockford Lhotka, principal technology evangelist, Magenic Technologies, Microsoft Regional Director""Brian covers ClickOnce with a view to real-world deployment issues, which isobviously based on real-world experience. In and of itself, that is enough forme to buy the book. However, it is an even better investment by virtue of thefact that ClickOnce is a core part of the .NET Framework for Windows Forms2.0 now, and Windows Presentation Foundation in the future."
"--Michael Weinhardt, SDK programmer/writer, Application Model, Windows Presentation Foundation, Microsoft""This book covers the most important ingredient needed for the success of asmart client application--deployment. The author's unassuming writing style, combined with his in-depth coverage of the topic, makes this book an invaluableresource for all serious smart client developers."
"--Vishwas Lele, principal architect, Applied Information Sciences, Microsoft Regional Director"

Microsoft's new ClickOnce auto-updating technology can radically simplify application deployment. Using it, .NET developers and architects can deliver a powerful, smart client experience along with the easy maintenance of today's best Web applications.

Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Brian Noyes has unsurpassed experience previewing and teaching ClickOnce to professional developers. In "Smart Client Deployment with ClickOnce, " Noyes demonstrates exactly how to make the most of ClickOnce in your real-world enterprise applications. Noyes covers ClickOnce design, architecture, security, installation, updates, and Bootstrapping--each with a full case study and detailed sample code.

This focused, concise book explains how toDesign client applications for efficient deployment and auto-updatingPerform application deployments and automatic updates quickly and easilyDeliver "on-demand" client application updatesDeploy prerequisites with the Visual Studio 2005 BootstrapperTake full control of ClickOnce's powerful publishing, update, and security optionsLeverage the Visual Studio 2005 and .NET 2.0 platform features that make ClickOnce possibleUnderstand how your application will behave in the ClickOnce runtime environment

The book's sample code is available for download at www.softinsight.com/clickoncebook.

About the Author

Brian Noyes is a software architect, trainer, writer, and speaker with IDesign, Inc. (www.idesign.net), a premier .NET architecture and design consulting and training company. He is a Microsoft Regional Director (www.microsoft.com/rd) and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and has been developing software systems for more than sixteen years. He speaks at many major software conferences around the world, and writes for a variety of software journals and magazines. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, but is a Southern California surf bum at heart, having grown up there. Prior to becoming a full-time software developer, Brian flew F-14 Tomcats in the U.S. Navy and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TopGun) and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Brian has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (January 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321197690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321197696
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,609,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I gave this book 5 stars because it is very thorough. It covers everything there is to know about ClickOnce deployment. The author didn't miss any topic and covers the topics very thoroughly.

It wasn't what I had hoped for because I already own 'Deploying NET Applications Learning MSBuild and ClickOnce'. I was hoping for more detail on securing the files downloaded to the Client, and some better advice one securing running ClickOnce with parameters. The was no new info.

Both books offered the same information, and depth on the topics. So if you own 'Deploying NET Applications Learning MSBuild and ClickOnce' I would not buy this book.

If you don't own a book on ClickOnce, and you want to learn all the details about it, this is an excellent book.
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This book is a 5-stars book carrying completed information about ClickOnce from the beginning to the finish deployment of your project.

It is practical, compact, easy-to-read, and up-to-date. You will enjoy reading it and finish it in few days.

For .NET developer, it is a must-have book, and worth for your money. Interestingly, it shows how-to-use "ClickOnce" for both Windows and Web applications. This completed information is hardly found in other books.

I am a .NET developer who has experienced for several projects. I recommend this book with Deploying .NET Applications from APress. If you can afford two books, get them both. If you can get only one of them, get this one because in my opinion, it carried deeper, wider, updated information.

Enjoy ClickOnce!!!
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The book covers the subject well - however clickonce has changed especially on security aspects in .net 4 quite significantly (read it has been simplified, also theres no such thing anymore in .net 4 and above like .net client configuration.. It has been replaced with caspol.exe. That said nothing prevents one to have the aforementioned tool be installed and use it).

Also signing of the application files and manifest files has changed these days quite a bit. Microsoft suggest to use EV certificate and sha-2 certificate (not sure are these two two different things, but I think they are not). Signing files with EV certificate is difficult if used in CI server environments and not trivial when done manually either. Maybe this could be something to cover as well?

I'd suggest author to consider to publish an update of the book where above issues have been reviewed and content regarding those updated.

Some might say clickonce is thing of the past but there are still big companies who are using it (as far as I know Google Chrome uses it) to update their products. There is not whole lot of books available about the subject - best sources of information are Microsoft's MSDN and stackoverflow.
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The book is well layed out and documents the ClickOnce menus and options thoroughly. This is great for people who are not software junkies. As a techie I found the descriptions of the interface components a little long winded as most of this information can be deduced from the click once interface itself. I bought the book to troubleshoot a specific problem I was encountering installing Click Once applications with third party DLL's on Windows Vista. The book shed some light on part of the problem but was not really geared towards in depth problem solving when the technology does not work the way it is supposed to.
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I was specifically looking for Information on ClickOnce Deployment for a Visual Studio application written with Visual Basic. I needed to know how to integrate a database into a ClickOnce application. I further wanted to know how to update the database and how to eventually migrate old user data stored in the database in a updated database version.
I therefore found all the information I needed complete with the code in this book.

It's a very good book for everybody that plans to use Visual Studio to deploy their application with ClickOnce.
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This book is very well written. Actually that can be said about any book written by Brain Noyes.
It helped me a lot when I was put in charge of the ClickOnce deployment for our project. It had 99% of everything that I needed to know about ClickOnce deployment. Brian's style is very lucid and he brilliantly unfolds the steps in a very logic manner. In short, if you want to learn ClickOnce deployment, this book is a very good investment.
Well done, Brian.
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