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ClickOnce and VB .Net

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    Trust Licenses

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    I've talked with one of the lead ClickOnce program managers about Paul's feedback on my most recent post. His guidance was to sign your ClickOnce manifests with an X509 certificate (possible with the MAGE SDK tool) and have your IT admin deploy that certificate...
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    Quickies

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    First, I got an email asking if ClickOnce supports passing of command line parameters in the URL query string. The answer is a definitive maybe. Your manifest will have a flag in it specifying whether or not to trust those URL parameters. If it's set...
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    Signing Assemblies in Express

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    In higher SKUs of Visual Studio, there is a signing property page that is used for signing the assembly as well as your ClickOnce manifests (it's pretty lame in Beta 1 but I just finished rewriting it for Beta 2 and it's pretty sweet). Unfortunatly for...
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    Unhooking Events from WithEvents/Handles

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    A while back when I was working on the publish property page, I need to unhook an object from it's event handlers. That object was declared with Dim WithEvents and the handlers were wired up with Handles clauses on the methods of the object. While I love...
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    ClickOnce in Express (kinda)

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    Okay, time to catch up a bit. This last week I've been working on a DCR (fixing up the signing property page) so I haven't had time to blog. Now that it's finished, I'm going to make up for lost time and get two quick blog entries out there. ...
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    Blog more!

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    So my post yesterday was the first one in a long while. I've been pretty bad about this blog thing since I started but this year is going to be different. As you've probably read from other bloggers here at MS, we've recently gone through our review...
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    Bootstrapper Package Generator and other goodness

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    A team mate of mine on the deployment team has just released an internal tool he was using for testing the genericness of our generic bootstrapper to the world on GotDotNet. You can grab it at: http://www.gotdotnet.com/Community/Workspaces/workspace...
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    RE: Welcome to the VB Team Blog!

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    [Via The Visual Basic Team ] New VB team blog. Pretty sweet.
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    ClickOnce security and download on demand

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    I recently received this request for a post from Channel9: I'm really interested ClickOnce and how it deals with security settings. I'm planning on creating C# game that uses managed direct3d. However even though its managed direct3d it...
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    Deployment Chat today!

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    Today at 1pm Pacific time (4pm Eastern) check me out talking about deployment! MSDN Chats Main Page Direct Link to Chatroom I hope to see you there!!
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    Bootstrapper 2: Downloading on Demand

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    Last time I talked about what the bootstrapper is and what goals it's trying to accomplish. This time, I'll go into other bootstrapper features we have planned that make it a pretty cool deployment technology. I was going to go into detail about the contents...
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    Generic Bootstrapper (and a bit of a history lesson)

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    Most people don't write every single piece of their app. Programs are linked together with shared libraries so that we can share functionality. Of course, we have to actually share these libraries for this to work. With .Net and COM components, this usually...
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    Everett Bootstrapper

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    I'm sure many of you have seen this but those of you with redistributable woes should check out the VS 2k3 Bootstrapper . Think of it as a very limited preview of what you'll be able to do in Whidbey. This will let you let you bootstrap the .Net framework...
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    If foo Is Something Then ...

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    VB Whidbey is getting some long overdue keywords: IsNot and Using being my personal favorites. However, there are some keywords that we don't have yet but I could see coming... Something - Basically this just means Not Nothing. All this really buys...
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    Embedding everything in a single MSI

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    There was a comment made about my “In the works” post that stated that: “Unless we can embed these other dependand installers inside the MSI and execute them from one package, there will always exist a deployment problem in VS.NET...
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    What's in the works

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    It's been a busy week but I've come up with a list of things that I'll be posting about soon. Due to an overwhelming request for Setup and Deployment project information, I'm currently editing and putting finishing touches on a FAQ we use to answer internal...
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    Welcome to the wonderful world of Deployment!

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    Hi. My name is Mike Sampson and I'm a developer here at Microsoft on the VB team and I work on deployment. Specifically, I work on Setup and Deployment projects (MSI's, Cab files, and MSMs) as well as the cool new web-ish ClickOnce deployment. In VB,...
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