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LjFormatter [Jan. 7th, 2003|06:42 pm]
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The application I spoke about here has now been developed in Visual Studio.Net and is available with a GUI for download here.

Unfortunately, the application does not run without the .Net framework and the installer is too heavy for my free hosting service. If anyone knows any place I can place a 3.5 Mb file for free download, please let me know.

For those of you interested in the code, the project is available at the same place.

Lastly, there was a bug, which probably went unnoticed, in the older DOS version. That has been fixed in both versions.

[User Picture]From: drakk
2003-01-08 12:13 am (UTC)


Hmm okies - not sure what going on there lol.
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From: shaurya
2003-01-08 01:03 am (UTC)
:)) I know. I was a bit confused myself. Let me put it down here correctly now, for you and the others.

I made this application in .Net, right? And then made the installable for it.

Only this installable was 3.5 Mb and my ISP doesn't allow such large uploads or FTPs.

But then I discovered that even on the other machines here, the installer only installed the application if the machine had the .Net framework in the first place.

So I did some more research and found out that that 3.5Mb package that .Net was wrapping around my 5Kb application was nothing but the libraries needed to run the installer itself, you know, like placing shortcuts and registry entries :))

Meaning, even I managed to upload and you guys managed to download this installer, you'd still need to install the .Net framework before being able to run it .........

So the way I see it, the only thing to do is, install the .Net framework from the link given above and then unzip my application and save it on your machine.

You won't have any shortcuts though and the application needs no registry entries anyway. Also, your download will be minimised (the application's only 5Kb)

Hope that clears it up :)
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[User Picture]From: dhempe
2003-01-08 01:57 am (UTC)
that clears the issue. :-)

thanks 4 the explanation! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: pyran
2003-01-08 02:44 am (UTC)
Here's a question: what did you use to make the installer? The .NET stuff? Or a third-party package? 'Cause I made an installer for a program I wrote (just as an experiment), and all it created was a 100k .msi file which worked fine. Well, it added a couple of installers for the Installers (which sounds weirder than it really is), but by now I'd expect most Windows users to already be able to use .msi installers, especially if they use XP.

That'd cut down on your upload.
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From: shaurya
2003-01-08 03:13 am (UTC)
I suppose you didn't use the .Net Setup Project which is what I used.

Doesn't make any difference as I said, one way or the other. My application needs no registry entries or supporting files. The shortcuts can be created manually if essential and the thing can be run only on a machine which has the .Net framework installed anyway.

So I thought I might as well just keep the 5k application for download.

Nice journal :)
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[User Picture]From: pyran
2003-01-08 03:44 pm (UTC)
No, that's what I used. But you're right -- if there are no registry things, shortcuts, or the like, then a setup is probably overkill unless you want to package the .NET framework with it. You're better off just dumping the app into a folder and using it that way.

And thanks. :-)
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From: shaurya
2003-01-08 08:03 pm (UTC)
Do you know how to package the framework with an application? Or at least let the setup prompt for a framework download? I had no luck with that.

The only thing I saw useful was the web bootstrapper and the windows bootstrapper which just prompt you to download the MSI files setup requires from the net or a CD respectively.

And how did you manage a 100Kb MSI file? Was your application very small? But it should still take the same size for installation if you used a setup project too........
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