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Best Practices for VB Projects that refer to VB Controls in them

Hello all

I have inherited a couple of VB apps, that have up to ten home-grown VB controls they use.  

The previous developer had all of these compiled in a c:\Program Files\My Company\bin folder, and all of the vbp projects referenced them there.  
Then the Install package wrote them to %system% during the install.

Q:  What's the easiest way to manage/deploy VB apps with multiple VB controls in them?

TIA
-Jim
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Jim Horn
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bdbrownCommented:
Jim,

Here are a few utilities for packaging and deployment which I use;

Dependancy Walker; http://www.dependencywalker.com/

ISTool; http://www.istool.org/default.aspx/

Inno Setup; http://www.jrsoftware.org/isinfo.php

Hope this helps

bdb
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jomacincCommented:
You should install the components into the system directory on the development machine and reference them there.
That way the app should not have trouble finding them on any system they are installed to.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the comments guys.  

>You should install the components into the system directory on the development machine and reference them there.
This is the way I normally develop.  

The setup I inherited though had all custom ocx's in c:\Program Files\{Company Name}\bin folder, and all of the project files referenced the ocx's in this location.
I believed when the app was deployed using M$ Package & Deployment Wizard, the script wrote-registered them to the correct %system% folder.

So..  on the development pc you would have the ocx's live in two separate places, and possible (definatly) have registry conflicts.
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jomacincCommented:
Is there a reason why the OCX's need to be in c:\Program Files\{Company Name}\bin folder on the development machine?
If not, they should be moved to the system folder and not stored in two places.
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