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What technology to keep installed c# apps up to date ???

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Ok,

We have a number of c# >> WinForms << apps deployed to our field offices.
The apps are installed on individual Win 2000 workstations. The offices have
broadband internet connections.

What technologies / techniques are being used that would allow those
applications to 'phone home' using the broadband internet connection, check
to see if a newer version of the application .exe / .dlls exist and if a
newer version exists cause the applications to 'self update' to the newest
version ??

I'm looking for the beginning of threads that I can follow to learn about &
eventually chose one of these technologies.

Thanks in advance!

Barry
in Oregon
Nov 16 '05 #1
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Barry,

I am curious, why do you not use one touch deployment? You basically
host the EXE on your website, and when people want to use it, they go to
that website. The framework will handle checking for a new version, etc,
etc and handle all of that for you.

If you need more functionality, there is also an Application Updater
Block from Microsoft to help with this.

Finally, .NET 2.0 is introducing ClickOnce, which helps with
distributing apps over the web, as well as updates, etc, etc.

Hope this helps.
--
- Nicholas Paldino [.NET/C# MVP]
- mv*@spam.guard.caspershouse.com

"BBFrost" <barry.b.frost@remove_this.wrd.state.or.us> wrote in message
news:eF**************@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
Ok,

We have a number of c# >> WinForms << apps deployed to our field offices.
The apps are installed on individual Win 2000 workstations. The offices
have
broadband internet connections.

What technologies / techniques are being used that would allow those
applications to 'phone home' using the broadband internet connection,
check
to see if a newer version of the application .exe / .dlls exist and if a
newer version exists cause the applications to 'self update' to the newest
version ??

I'm looking for the beginning of threads that I can follow to learn about
&
eventually chose one of these technologies.

Thanks in advance!

Barry
in Oregon

Nov 16 '05 #2

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There is the application updater block to check out:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...ml/updater.asp

--
Scott
http://www.OdeToCode.com/blogs/scott/

On Wed, 10 Nov 2004 08:26:01 -0800, "BBFrost"
<barry.b.frost@remove_this.wrd.state.or.us> wrote:
Ok,

We have a number of c# >> WinForms << apps deployed to our field offices.
The apps are installed on individual Win 2000 workstations. The offices have
broadband internet connections.

What technologies / techniques are being used that would allow those
applications to 'phone home' using the broadband internet connection, check
to see if a newer version of the application .exe / .dlls exist and if a
newer version exists cause the applications to 'self update' to the newest
version ??

I'm looking for the beginning of threads that I can follow to learn about &
eventually chose one of these technologies.

Thanks in advance!

Barry
in Oregon


Nov 16 '05 #3

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Nicholas,

Thanks for the quick reply. Its very much appreciated.

To answer your question, our agency used Win IIS & Asp apps a few years ago
but
for various reasons we have since moved to Apache / php driven web
applications. I
suspect that we'd need to reintroduce Win IIS in able to use one touch
deployment although
in truth I haven't checked.

I'll check in to the Application Updater block ... that sounds like it may
be what I'm
looking for.

Thanks again for the pointers. Thas exactly what I was looking for.

Best wishes and happy computing! :)

Barry
in Oregon
"Nicholas Paldino [.NET/C# MVP]" <mv*@spam.guard.caspershouse.com> wrote in
message news:eE**************@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
Barry,

I am curious, why do you not use one touch deployment? You basically
host the EXE on your website, and when people want to use it, they go to
that website. The framework will handle checking for a new version, etc,
etc and handle all of that for you.

If you need more functionality, there is also an Application Updater
Block from Microsoft to help with this.

Finally, .NET 2.0 is introducing ClickOnce, which helps with
distributing apps over the web, as well as updates, etc, etc.

Hope this helps.
--
- Nicholas Paldino [.NET/C# MVP]
- mv*@spam.guard.caspershouse.com

"BBFrost" <barry.b.frost@remove_this.wrd.state.or.us> wrote in message
news:eF**************@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
Ok,

We have a number of c# >> WinForms << apps deployed to our field offices. The apps are installed on individual Win 2000 workstations. The offices
have
broadband internet connections.

What technologies / techniques are being used that would allow those
applications to 'phone home' using the broadband internet connection,
check
to see if a newer version of the application .exe / .dlls exist and if a
newer version exists cause the applications to 'self update' to the newest version ??

I'm looking for the beginning of threads that I can follow to learn about &
eventually chose one of these technologies.

Thanks in advance!

Barry
in Oregon


Nov 16 '05 #4

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Scott,

Thanks for the quick reply. Its very much appreciated.

I'll check in to the Application Updater block. I expect that's what I'm
looking for.

Best wishes and happy computing! :)

Barry
in Oregon

"Scott Allen" <bitmask@[nospam].fred.net> wrote in message
news:df********************************@4ax.com...
There is the application updater block to check out:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...us/dnbda/html/
updater.asp
--
Scott
http://www.OdeToCode.com/blogs/scott/

On Wed, 10 Nov 2004 08:26:01 -0800, "BBFrost"
<barry.b.frost@remove_this.wrd.state.or.us> wrote:
Ok,

We have a number of c# >> WinForms << apps deployed to our field offices.The apps are installed on individual Win 2000 workstations. The offices havebroadband internet connections.

What technologies / techniques are being used that would allow those
applications to 'phone home' using the broadband internet connection, checkto see if a newer version of the application .exe / .dlls exist and if a
newer version exists cause the applications to 'self update' to the newestversion ??

I'm looking for the beginning of threads that I can follow to learn about &eventually chose one of these technologies.

Thanks in advance!

Barry
in Oregon

Nov 16 '05 #5

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