- Series: Professional Mindware
- Paperback: 950 pages
- Publisher: Wiley (January 15, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764547232
- ISBN-13: 978-0764547232
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you want to get your software officially blessed as Windows-compatible, you have to endow it with an automated installation routine. If your software is for Microsoft Windows 2000, you have to use the Windows Installer service. The Official InstallShield for Windows Installer Developer's Guide is the best available treatment of the subject, and it's empirically quite good.
Author Bob Baker first walks readers through the installation-routine creation process the hard way--that is, with the Orca tool that ships with the Windows Installer Software Development Kit (SDK). He then delves much more deeply into the widely used InstallShield for Windows Installer (ISWI) product from InstallShield Software, at which company Baker works as an instructor. A demonstration copy of ISWI 1.52 (as well as the Windows Installer SDK) appears on this book's companion CD-ROM.
The Official InstallShield touches on several instructional techniques as it reveals aspects of the Windows Installer Service and of ISWI. Some of Baker's work is simple documentation of the ISWI user interface; other chapters are language documentation for InstallScript and its Component Object Model (COM) links.
The eclectic style of the book fits the subject, which is multifaceted and capable of dealing (almost by definition) with diverse configurations. Baker's careful, one-at-a-time exploration of features will help developers untangle problems they encounter. It's far better than the Windows Installer SDK documentation, no question about it. --David Wall
Topics covered: The Windows Installer Service and the process of creating installation wizards for programs that run on Microsoft Windows 2000, primarily with InstallShield Software's InstallShield for Windows Installer (ISWI). After covering Windows 2000's architecture for deploying software, this book documents the ISWI user interface and the essentials of its use. Custom actions, user interfaces, scripting, shared components, software patching, and localization are covered in turn.
From the Publisher
The Windows Installer is a departure in many ways from traditional installation technologies. Because of this it seems that developers who are new to the area of software installation can pick up Windows Installer concepts more readily than those who are more experienced with traditional script-based installers. Bob Baker's book is a great reference to both sets of developers, whether they are starting with the Windows Installer or want to understand what new ideas the Windows Installer brings to the table.
-- Ben Chamberlain, Software Design Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
This book covers it all--from the history of installations on Windows up to InstallShield for Windows Installer and its use of the latest Microsoft Installer technology. A reliable installation has always been critical to the success of an application, and this book will get you there.
--Phil Wilson, Software Engineering, Unisys Corporation
Finally, we have a book that takes the mystery out of the Windows Installer! Bob Baker's The Official InstallShield for Windows Installer Developer's Guide carefully connects the dots to reveal the detailed blueprints. This book will be essential for anyone wishing to develop a well-designed Windows Installer setup.
--David L. Cole, author of "Developing Multi-lingual Installation Programs Using ISWI", a presentation for the Sixteenth International Unicode Conference (IUC16)
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In a book like this I expect the author to be give an introduction/overview and then to build from there in a logical manner. The book should explain why things are as they are and not just how they are. This book fails at this.
If you already know InstallShield and/or Windows Installer and are looking to firm up your knowledge, this book may be able to fill in some gaps and firm up your knowledge. If you are trying to learn these products this book will likely be confusing, cumbersome, and frustrating.
It is a shame that this is currently the only book available on this subject.
There are a number of editors (technical editors, copy editors, etc.) listed in the credits. I can't believe the number of grammatical and other errors that they let through.
My advice is that if you're an experienced programmer and the boss ever comes to you and asks if you'd take over the Installshield duties from the last person who (inexplicably) is no longer going to handle them, don't spend your money on this book -- put it directly into a new resume or job-hunting service.
PS -- CalvinBall was the favorite game of Calvin, from comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, in which Calvin simply did whatever he wanted, and pronounced that as the rules as he went.
The book first moves you through the Win 2000 deployment model and walks you constructing an Installer product using the Microsoft MSI SDK - which works wonders and really solidifies an understanding of the MSI data model and methodology. The book then drills down and explains, part by part, the workings of ISWI nicely...Although it sometime reads more like an encyclopedia than what I really look for in a tech book.
The only caveats is many grammer issues sprinkled through the book and screenshots that refer to an old version (although it does incite a sort of scavendar-hunt mentality that actually HELPS learning the product). However, the core of the book is solid and informative...if you have to work with ISWI - this book should definitely be in your reading list for the near future.
The author should re-title the book "The official guide to InstallShield for Bob Baker and other members of the technical staff at InstallShield." No joke, that's the intended audience for this book!!!!!!!!!
I have used Express, Standard and now the Pro Windows Installer and InstallShield is very buggy anyway, so be carefull. Check the News Group, it's loaded with emails for help. That's were many answers that helped me came from.
Wait till the book's price is half off!
This ain't a book to teach one how to use Installshield, it reads more like a manual. Why doesn't the author (or some other
authors) write a book with 20-30 simple examples to show how this thing works? That way I can get the hang of it in one week.
In the first few chapters, this book simply repeats already-seen Windows 2000 / Installer information. In the next few, it repeats what is in the InstallShield help files.
Worse, the programs that come with the book ALL need registering before use, even the ones that claim to be 'full products' (ie. gratis).
Why buy this when you can freely download the information from Microsoft / Installshield? No reason at all.