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Deploy dotNET/C# EXE or DLL Via Web Application

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I have heard that there is a way to deploy EXE/DLLs via a Web application using the dotnet Framework.
Basically, I want to write an application that is available at http://server/MyApplication.exe which clients can access and it will run locally with whatever permissions the user has.  This is very similar to Active-X controls, but I have heard that there is a much easier way to do it then Active-X controls.

Someone mentioned creating a "Windows Control Library" and then accessing that directly, I made a dummy one, but couldn't get it to work.  I know that in dotnet 2.0, there is something called "Click Once" and I am not sure how that fits in.

So, how can I write an application that can be accessed via a URL and run locally on the machine.
Ideally, it would know if there was a previous install and whether it was newer version or not.

Thanks!
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by:AdrianJMartin
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The best and most complete example of web deployment ( dotnet exes ) I've every seen is Chris Sells Wahoo. It also has full source availability and security discussions. He covers the subject in Chapter 15 of his book "Windows Forms Programming in C#"

http://www.sellsbrothers.com/wahoo/
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by:winterminute
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Well, that's pretty much what I was looking for, but understanding it is another question.  It looks like he is using a Windows Control.  Is there a much simplier version available?  i.e. Hello World app that uses this technology?
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I just came across this which might prove useful, written by Chris Sells who now works at Microsoft:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnforms/html/winforms05152003.asp
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by:winterminute
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And here is a walk-thru of Wahoo by Chris sells
http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/02/07/NetSmartClients/
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I got this working, but I can't get the automatic versioning.
I can succesfully run the application over the intranet, but when I make changes and rebuild, the client loads the old version.  I have to clear the IE cache to get it to load the new version.  I read somewhere that if you don't sign your assemblies then you lose the automatic versioning, so I went ahead and did that.

Any ideas?
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by:AdrianJMartin
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I havent signed my assemblies and they download fine, even dependant assemblies....( you are copying them to the server?)

One of the controlling influences of wether a dll is downloaded is the modification date of the file, this is a http thing if the date is different to the clients cached copy then it will get downloaded.

btw the assembly will be copied to a special location in the the GAC to list installed downloaded assemblies you have to use the gacutil cmd line with -ldl option ie "gacutil -ldl" see gacutil /? for the switches to clear it.

I don't have my trusty "Windows Forms programming with C#" to hand at the minute but I'm sure the details are in there.......
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by:winterminute
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Actually, it gets copied to the Temp Internet Files directory.  You can see it there with your cookies, etc.  It might also do something wih the GAC but I know that deleting it from the temp files will force the re-download.

I found out why it wasn't updating, err...rather, I fixed it, but I don't know why or how.  Basically, I created a new Virtual Directory and it started working.  Both VDs appeared identical, but not sure what the difference was.
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