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Difference Between Application Reference and Shortcut

Posted on 2007-11-24
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I have a VB.NET app using one click deployment. Since it will not create a desktop shortcut I got the bright idea to create one on program startup. The problem is the shortcut I create doesn’t do the check for updates that the one created in the start menu does.

I see that the one automatically created is of type “Application Reference” instead of a “Shortcut”. The “Application Reference” has a General and a Summary tab. The shortcut has a General, Shortcut and Compatibility tab.

Two questions:

1)      What is an “Application Reference” and how does it differ from a shortcut?
2)      How can I make the shortcut check for downloads?

I have tried goggling, but application and reference are not words conducive to search engines.

Thanks
Randy Miller
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by:ScottParker
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In the Load routine of your main form put this code...
        Try
            copyShortcut("folderStartMenuShortcutIsIn", "NameOfProgram.appref-ms")
            If System.Deployment.Application.ApplicationDeployment.CurrentDeployment.IsFirstRun Then
                copyShortcut("folderStartMenuShortcutIsIn", "NameOfProgram.appref-ms")
            End If
        Catch ex As Deployment.Application.InvalidDeploymentException
            'this will always occur in debug mode. Also if user tries to run from the actual EXE
            MessageBox.Show("Please run this application from the shortcut in the Start Menu to get the automatic update feature working." & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & "You can create a desktop shortcut from that particular shortcut if you like.", "Alert")
           messagebox.show("Error with shortcut and InvalidDeploymentException")
            End
        Catch ex As Exception
            messagebox.show("Error with shortcut and InvalidDeploymentException")
            End
        End Try

Then add this function...
    Public Shared Sub copyShortcut(ByVal manufacturerName As String, ByVal shortcutFileName As String)
        'the easy way for VB programmers *
        Dim desktopPath As String = My.Computer.FileSystem.SpecialDirectories.Desktop + "\" + shortcutFileName
        Dim startPath As String = My.Computer.FileSystem.SpecialDirectories.Programs + "\" + manufacturerName + "\" + shortcutFileName
        Try
            System.IO.File.Copy(startPath, desktopPath, True)
        Catch e As Exception
            Throw e
        End Try
    End Sub
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by:randymiller
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Different approach, I like the idea.

Do you know what an "Applicatoin Reference" is?
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ScottParker earned 2000 total points
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the applciation reference is that "NameOfProgram.appref-ms" section.

The following link explains it better then I could.  (Even though its on a more advanced topic)

http://www.codeproject.com/useritems/ClickOnceLauncher.asp?df=100&forumid=308890&exp=0&select=1517755&tid=1513516
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