Installshield versus the volcano

As many of you know, I’ve been using InstallShield a lot at work. For the most part, I really like it although it’s not without it’s share of issues.

Recently, someone asked me why specifically I use InstallShield as opposed to Visual Studio .NET.

Since I’m creating MSI installs, sure the InstallScript is nice but is there anything that I couldn’t do in VS with VB and VBScript? Not having a great answer to the question, I decided it would only be fair to find out. So having said that, I’m going to be doing some research & experimentation on porting my existing work to VS.NET setup kits (as opposed to just doing IS inside VS).

Actually, I’ll be looking at 3 things…

  1. IS based installs created from within the IS IDE
  2. IS based installs created from within VS.NET
  3. VS.NET based installs (created in VS.NET)

Stay tuned…

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