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Anyone using ClickOnce in VS 2005 to deploy your app?

Is ClickOnce worth a look? Any good?

Jim Nasium
Sunday, January 21, 2007
We deploy part of our application via ClickOnce and are looking at the possibility of expanding the use of ClickOnce in the future.

It works fine for use and our needs that may, or may not, match your needs.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
I use Clickonce to deploy application updates to 30+ users and I find it really easy to use.

No-go's I see about clickonce is :
- installation are per-user, not per-computer
- you cannot do custom tasks in your installer (like creating extra shortcuts)
- I've got some troubles to maintain user settings from one update to another when the settings list itself changes.
- security outside a domain ; downloading updates means you've got access to a share/web server (with integrated windows authentication).
- no delta changes ; the whole set of files is downloaded at every update.

Great points are:
- integration with VS.net 2005 -> faster releases
- easy to deploy client-side (just a click)
- works well over the internet
- you can define required packages and have a setup program install them before your app

That's my humble opinion...

Pascal Brunot Send private email
Thursday, January 25, 2007

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