• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 200
  • Last Modified:

Inquiry: Possible to make a Java servlet that installs software on client's computer?

Hi experts,

This is just an inquiry which I need an expert opinion on.

I run a small company and we are looking for an installation routine of some sort, we've looked into InstallShield (MSI) and AdvancedInstaller (also MSI), but as we don't have have a big surplus of money at the moment, we are looking into other ways of distributing our software.

So I was wondering if it was possible to make a Java servlet or similar that would install our software (shortcuts on desktop, place some files, create folder, maybe set up some odbc connections?) in a similar way that MSI does it? And if it can be done, can you point me to some articles on how to do it?

Regards,
eX.
0
Gaute Rønningen
Asked:
Gaute Rønningen
  • 4
  • 3
1 Solution
 
Gibu GeorgeCTOCommented:
You cannot use servlets for this purpose
0
 
Gibu GeorgeCTOCommented:
One java based technology to do client side installation is JNLP. Check this article

http://java.sun.com/developer/technicalArticles/Programming/jnlp/
0
 
Gibu GeorgeCTOCommented:
But I am not sure if you can use this for non java application installations
0
What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

 
Gaute RønningenAuthor Commented:
Maybe an applet then?

I was checking the Java console on:
http://service.futuremark.com/peacekeeper/

And it does some downloading, then runs it which is an installation routine (I would assume it's an .exe or .msi) - and assumed that it would be possible to do something similar for installing our software.

0
 
Gaute RønningenAuthor Commented:
But if you're absolutely sure that it cannot be done, I guess we'll have to invest some money into an MSI authoring tool.
0
 
Gibu GeorgeCTOCommented:
If you have an installable exe file then you can use an applet to do, If you dont have an installable you can use some of the java based installer creators which are opensource like lzpack, so that you don't have to invest money
http://izpack.org/
0
 
Gaute RønningenAuthor Commented:
Thanks :-)
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

  • 4
  • 3
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now