[Mono-dev] Application Deployment

Carlos J. Muentes carlos at rockwithme.org
Mon Aug 14 11:21:12 EDT 2006

Thanks for the URL, it looks like a slick utility.  Only issue for me is
I built the entire app in Monodevelop, which means I'd have to create
new projects in Visual Studio, and import all the code files.  Do you
have anything for Monodevelop project (*mdp) or Monodevelop solution
(*mds) files?

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [Mono-dev] Application Deployment
> From: "Francisco T. Martinez" <martinf at mfconsulting.com>
> Date: Mon, August 14, 2006 9:34 am
> To: "Carlos J. Muentes" <carlos at rockwithme.org>
> Cc: Mirco Bauer <meebey at meebey.net>, mono-devel-list at lists.ximian.com
> Carlos J. Muentes wrote:
> >Yea I found how to edit the .mdp file while searching around the other
> >day, and it did work.  I also found how to generate a tarball in
> >monodevelop, but for some reason, it only worked as root, which isn't a
> >big deal.  I think deployment project templates (in MD) and overall
> >application development should be addressed further.  The world is
> >getting comfy using RPM/deb/* type binary packages, and I think it
> >would be a step back to limit apps written in C#/Mono to tarball
> >deployment; especially in the 'Next->Next->Finish' world of Windows.  I
> >also think that while xcopy simplifies a lot of things, it's not a great
> >solution to deployment, especially in Windows systems.
> >
> >Personally, I would like to quickly generate installation packages that
> >provide menu entries in the users respective desktop environments
> >applications menu, as well as proper file location/layout.  I certainly
> >would never expect end users of my software to compile my applications
> >from source code; I think it's unprofessional and a bit lame, unless my
> >app is targeted towards developers (like mono*), which in this case it
> >isn't specifically in this instance.  IMHO, Rapid Application
> >Development isn't only about a great runtime and a great lanaguage to
> >accompany it; it's also about getting your software to your customers
> >_rapidly_.
> >
> >I also kind of feel like there's way to big of a disconnect between mono
> >and monodevelop (the mono runtime is almost feature complete, at version
> >.11, MD is .89 hundreths away from a 1.0 release ^_^ ); there wouldn't
> >be as many .NET apps in the world today without the awe inspiring
> >muscle of Visual Studio.NET, but that's probably for another
> >discussion.
> >
> >
> >
> >  
> >
> >>-------- Original Message --------
> >>Subject: Re: [Mono-dev] Application Deployment
> >>From: Mirco Bauer <meebey at meebey.net>
> >>Date: Sun, August 13, 2006 6:19 pm
> >>To: "Carlos J. Muentes" <carlos at rockwithme.org>
> >>Cc: mono-devel-list at lists.ximian.com
> >>
> >>On Fri, 2006-08-11 at 11:45 -0700, Carlos J. Muentes wrote:
> >>    
> >>
> >>>Thanks for the great input Kornel, but I built this app using
> >>>Monodevelop, and am not sure how to pass /target to MD during
> >>>compilation.  Should I recompile the app in Windows?
> >>>      
> >>>
> >>Open the monodevelop project file (something.mdp) with an texteditor and
> >>change the target from Exe to WinExe and open it with monodevelop again
> >>and compile. Now it will have no console window on windows.
> >>
> >>I asked already about this feature (allowing to set target to WinExe via
> >>monodevelop it self) on the #monodevelop channel but nobody was
> >>interested in it.
> >>
> >>Problem is, as soon as you change the build settings in monodevelop, it
> >>will replace WinExe with -1 ;) so don't forgot to change/check that
> >>value once in a while.
> >>
> >>-- 
> >>Regards,
> >>
> >>Mirco 'meebey' Bauer
> >>
> >>PGP-Key:
> >>http://keyserver.noreply.org/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0xEEF946C8
> >>
> >>Version: 3.12
> >>GIT d s-:+ a-- C++ UL++++$ P L++$>+++$ E- W+++$ N o? K- w++>! O---- M-
> >>V? PS
> >>PE+ Y- PGP++ t 5+ X++ R tv+ b+ DI? D+ G>++ e h! r->++ y?
> >>------END GEEK CODE BLOCK------
> >>    
> >>
> Some time ago I released a small project that facilitates the creation 
> of Windows Installers based on Inno Setup (which is a free download and 
> very efficient Open Source product) for Mono developers that want to 
> deploy their applications in Windows.
> This project aims to create Windows Start Menu short cuts, desktop 
> and/or tray launch short cuts and can even help begin a download for the 
> respective runtime that the end user will need to run the Mono 
> application. It has other features like correcting a Gtk# application 
> that was not combiled with /target:winexe so that one can even avoid 
> showing a Windows console window in the background of a running GUI app.
> You can find more information about this and links to download the 
> "InstallerMaker" utility here:
> http://www.mfconsulting.com/blog/archives/000140.html
> Hope it helps,
> Paco

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