Bulletproof Installs: A Developer's Guide to Install Programs for Windows

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The complete developer's guide to building Windows application install programs using InstallShield5, the field's leading tool.
Introducing the InstallShield integrated development environment.
Working with InstallScript and the InstallScript API.
Managing configuration files, shared files, locked files, and the Registry.
Building each component of an install program -- standard and custom. A quality install program can improve your company's image and reduce support costs at the same time. This is the first book to show how to create bulletproof installs using InstallShield5, the leading install software for Windows. The book begins by introducing the fundamental issues associated with install programs, including defining your goals, understanding your operating system environment, and writing a specification. Next, it introduces you to InstallShield5, including the InstallShield IDE, the InstallScript scripting language, and in-depth coverage of the InstallScript API. Understand how to use InstallScript to work with configuration files, shared files, locked files, and the Registry. Walk through the construction of a custom user interface; handling events during install; creating both standard and custom install programs; working with AutoRun .INF files, ensuring Microsoft logo compliance, localizing for global markets; and more.
Leslie Easteris founder and instructor for The Orange Brain Company, the leading U.S. provider of InstallShield5 training. He has led install development training at IBM, Bank of America, Compaq, H-P, Iomega, InstallShield and many other leading companies.

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The complete guide to InstallShield5, the #1 Windows software distribution development environment!

A quality install program can improve your company's image and dramatically reduce support costs at the same time. Written by Leslie Easter, founder of the world's leading InstallShield training organization, Bulletproof Installs walks you step by step through building Windows-based installation software that works first time, every time. Using InstallShield5, the industry-standard development environment for Windows installers, you'll discover how to:

  • Build specifications and flowcharts that streamline development and enhance quality
  • Thoroughly evaluate user-computing environments and configure them for optimal application use
  • Create Wizard-based dialog boxes that users can easily understand
  • Manage configuration files, shared files, locked files, self-registering files and the Registry
  • Learn InstallShield's undocumented routines and hidden functionality

Bulletproof Installs covers every aspect of the robust InstallShield5 development environment, including Project, Component, Media Build and Function Wizards; project templates, and the InstallScript scripting language and API. Learn speedy ways to build "standard" install programs, and sophisticated customization techniques using external functions, the Windows API, and support DLLs. Localize your install software for global markets, and more.

  • Your installation software will be the first thing your users see. Make sure it's perfect. Get Bulletproof Installs.

About the Author:

Leslie Easteris founder and instructor for The Orange Brain Company, the leading U.S. provider of InstallShield5 training. He has led install development training at IBM, Bank of America, Compaq, H-P, Iomega, InstallShield and many other leading companies.

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