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admoller
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Hi anyone
When your autorun installation starts up you are shown 3 sections/options to install:
1. Delphi
2. Interbase Desktop
3. Installshield Express Custom Edition for Delphi

So I installed the lot, naturally.

My question is what is the purpose of these options?

This is a fairly general question, so I cannot be expected to accept the first response, instead I hope to accept the one that clarifies the situation best for me.

Regards
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Here goes :)

1)Delphi - should be obvious, I hope :)
2)Interbase - Is, I believe, a client server DB engine, the client would be the client half.
3)Install Shield - for creating install programs for your apps.

GL
Mike

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That looks good, so if you don't install all, are you saying e.g that I couldn't develop a DB app without Interbase installed.

admoller

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That looks good, so if you don't install all, are you saying e.g that I couldn't develop a DB app without Interbase installed.

admoller

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admoller,

Depending on your version of Delphi, you could still develop a DB app without InterBase installed. If you have a copy of Pro or Enterprise, you should be able to develop DB apps based on Paradox, dBase, Access etc etc etc. using the BDE or ADO. What you would be missing is the link to a "Database Server" per se. If you have some spare hardware, try installing one of the free Unices (my personal choice is FreeBSD, http://www.freebsd.org ), then you can add one of several free database server programs, like MySQL or PostgreSQL to your system and have a "proper" db server.

Just my 2cents...
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BTW - almost forgot. IMHO, stay away from InstallShield as an installation program, if you are looking for a full-featured installer, look no further than Inno Setup ( http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.htm ), or if you require custom scripting options in the setup as well, the Inno Setup Extensions ( http://www.wintax.nl/isx/ ) should do the trick nicely. Both are FREE and written in Delphi too!

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