This segment will get into the details of Click Once - Microsoft's easiest deployment solution.
Or perhaps even "the client that doesn't clog up the server with a lot of user processing".In spite of the efforts of competitors, such as Sun and Oracle (in the process of becoming the same company now) who make a lot more money from their networking products, "thick client" does have a lot to recommend it.And "thick client" is where Visual Basic originated.But since networking has become the mainstream of data processing, one problem has started to become huge for "thick client" and that is the difficulty of deploying all that software to the clients.Years ago (many years ago) as a network administrator, I can remember running around to a hundred machines with a diskette to install the same module.
That kind of inefficiency is simply out of the question today so you have to have a better way. Some of you may have experience with Windows Installer (also called MSI - Microsoft Installer).
Although you can solve just about any installation problem with MSI, building and debugging one can also become more difficult than writing the program. NET's Setup Projects are designed to help with that and we'll cover them next in this series.
Click Once is designed to be the quick and easy solution for everything that doesn't require the advanced features of Setup Projects.
The best way to get started with Click Once is to simply create one.
It's so easy that you can do it in just a few minutes.
After that, we'll discuss the details of just what happened. If I had a faster machine, I could have done in in less than a minute.) Then be sure to return here to continue this article about Click Once.