Category Archives: Coding

Inno Script Studio (Update 05/05/13)

When building applications for desktop there is a time when you need to build an installer for your customers. You have several choices :

  • MSI installer : this one from Microsoft is directly integrated in Visual Studio and is powerful for advanced tasks. However the installer feels slow on runtime and is not really “eye-candy”.
  • NSIS (Nullsoft Scriptable Install System) : this is a really nice open source solution. I use it for my current products but it appears to be no longer developed as the latest update is December 2009. So it is time to find another solution up to date.
  • Inno setup : it is a free solution which is still being developed. It looks really similar to NSIS but it does support the latest changes for the Windows platforms.

There are many other solutions available but I will stop here because Inno Setup meets all my needs. The main drawback of this choice was the lack of an editor.

But that was before our friends at Kymoto Solutions release their new product called Inno Script Studio.
It is a graphical free editor which provides everything you need when building an installer such as debugging tools, a syntax highlighter, …
ISS really speeds up the development of an installer.I strongly advise you to give it a try !

To finish, a small nice detail for french readers : ISS is fully translated in french and I would like to thank Kymoto for letting me do the translation.

Update 05/05/13 : A new version has been published (v 2.1). There are lots of improvements and changes. The best way to see what’s new is take a look here. I’ve also updated the french translation to the latest version available (and have made some improvements too). The translation is 100% complete can be downloaded on the website.

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Visual Studio 2010 and Smart Devices

The beta 1 of the promising (indeed .NET 4.0 and WPF inside VS itself) Visual Studio 2010 is now out ! I’m currently downloading it by the way. I browsed through the web trying to find what is new in this version…and I find a terrible answser : the support for smart device projects is completely dropped in Visual Studio 2010.  That means there is no .NET CF, no smart device projects  (in managed or native format),… And I haven’t dreamed because it is written black on white here :

And it appears that even the final version of VS2010 will not support the smart device developpement. Oh well ! It is only written :

However, smart device development is still supported in earlier versions of Visual Studio, such as Visual Studio 2008

I’m not stup** and I’m sure Microsoft CANNOT give up the support for smart devices. I’m pretty sure there is a visual studio for Mobile that is currently in the pipeline but they haven’t said anything about it. Hope that it will be free (just like express editions) or at a reasonnable price (yes visual studio 2010 for pc apps plus the VS mobile for pocket pc would be a lot more expensive than the current solution with VS2008 :/). I hope also that you could get the new IDE without subscribing automatically to the marketplace…

Since WM 6.5 will be really similar to the existing WM6, I think we will stick with VS2008 and .NET 3.5 and we will see the new IDE with WM7 and .NET CF 4.0…but again we don’t know anything yet…Please Microsoft tell us more !

EDIT July 2011 : .NET Compact Framework 3.7 is in Windows Phone 7.

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