The Official InstallShield for Windows Installer Developer's Guide (Professional Mindware)

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The Official InstallShield for Windows® Installer Developer's Guide explores the Windows Installer Service (WIS) and the industry-leading InstallShield tool for putting this new Windows 2000 feature to work. Written by Bob Baker, an InstallShield insider, this title is a comprehensive, one-volume guide to WIS and the Microsoft policies governing its use. In addition, the book shows you how to build client installations using a simple editing tool or the full-blown InstallShield for Windows Installer commercial package. An accompanying CD includes a fully functional evaluation copy of InstallShield for Windows Installer version 1.52.

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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.

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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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