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Convert VB.NET application to be self-contained

Posted on 2011-05-02
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hello experts,

I have a tiny vb.net application that needs to be run on a thumbdrive without performing any installations. As vb.net requires the .net framework and I can't foresee whether all the target workstations will have it installed, I'm wondering what would be the best alternative.
I read somewhere that C++.net in native format would be self-contained: how difficult is it to convert vb code into C++? Any other ideas?

Thanks a lot,

Question by:jiiins2
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by:Deepak Lakkad
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I think, you must need .net framework evenif your application is written using Visual C++.

You may refer following links for information related with executing application without installing framework.


- Deepak Lakkad
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AndyAinscow earned 2000 total points
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>>I read somewhere that C++.net in native format would be self-contained

C++ .net is based on the .net framework - like VB.net

HOWEVER C++  has no dependancy on the .net framework.  (Visual studio supports both C++.net and C++).  Ease of conversion - hard to say.  It really depends on what you are doing.  C++ is more complex (because it has less pre-prepared, and sometimes restrictive, functionality built into it)  to code and tends to work at a lower level when interacting with the operating system.

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