Any chance you guys are going to release the source code on this tool? That would be sweet.
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I'm definitely open to that possibility down the road. I think it is important to get things established first. AppDeploy is more of an admin crowd than a developer crowd so I'm curious how much interest there would be. Anyone else think going open source (maybe some time next year) would be interesting, please chime in!
Answered 09/24/2008 by: bkelly
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Open Source sounds like a great idea, that would speed up the development for this tool and future feature if any.
It would be nice if the post- and pre-snapshot could be a bit faster.
Answered 09/24/2008 by: AngelD
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Open Source sounds like a great idea, that would speed up the development for this tool and future feature if any.


Future features? This program hardly has any features, actually it lacks a bit of almost everything. [>:]
COM tables, component keypaths, File shortfilenames, version and language, registry keys in correct components, why is there a limit on the number of shortcuts and so on... [8|] I know it is a lot of work (been there, done that) and it is just an alpha release so we should give the guys some time.
Answered 09/25/2008 by: pgiesbergen
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Patrick,

I don't think Bob's intention was to create another costly repackaging tool but a basic one with just file, registry, ini-files and shortcuts.
By "future feature" I was referring more to support for enabling COM-advertising such as populating the Class, ProgId, TypeLib... tables and other needs a repackager would want in this kind of tool.
No need to invent the wheel again but a basic snapshot tool that supports the MSI database format is good enuf as there already exists free editing tools such as InstEd just to pick one.
Answered 09/25/2008 by: AngelD
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True, but except for the COMtables, the things I mentioned should be in there I think.
Answered 09/25/2008 by: pgiesbergen
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First, thank you for taking the time to provide feedback.

The AppDeploy Repackager has very little features by design. As AngelD said the intention here is a simple repackager (not a replacement to a suite costing thousands). The snapshot process should account for any changes-- including those to Class, ProdID and TypeLib. Any features deemed necessary to help it work in more situations will be seriously considered.

The best way to see a new feature added is to find an application that does not work with the Repackager as is so there is a "problem" to address. Adding some of what you suggest may serve to over complicate what is intended to be a simple tool. For example, setting component keypaths I think is beyond the scope of a simple repackager. The intention here is to keep it simple and as functional as possible.
Answered 09/29/2008 by: bkelly
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im more than happy to put some effort into developing the tool.

both AngelD and I have been messing around with MSI editors (the limited time for both of us is the problem here).

I have numberous little bits and pieces to read MSI content into GUI formats I have been working in just for kicks.
Answered 10/28/2008 by: jmcfadyen
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Excellent, it is nice to know there is interst!
Answered 10/29/2008 by: bkelly
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The tool looks a bit like it is written in C#. Is that correct? I'm a C/assembler/web developer, but C# is similar enough to languages most web developers are familiar with, if that is what you're using. I would be glad to help out if I could. And I imagine some other developers might, as well.
Answered 03/16/2009 by: Jason Oster
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bkelly, what are your current thoughts around making this more of a open source community project? I mentioned this when you started the project, and I think you might be underestimating the impact it could have ..
Answered 06/18/2009 by: jib
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I'm open to the idea, but to be honest I am more of a web developer/scripter and don't know much about managing an open source project-- while it would be nice, I'm sure the project wouldn't manage itself.
Answered 06/18/2009 by: bkelly
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