Whats this new Bob Baker book like then?
Posted 29 May 2002 - 14:00
Posted 31 May 2002 - 16:26
Admittedly its definatley targeted at any audience, from those just getting into MSI to those that know a fair bit, but either want to know some nuts and bolts about specifics, or want to know their specific product (ISD).
As I don't use their product this certainly isn't a sales pitch. I found the first 5-6 chapters to be the best (the rest is all about ISD and how to use it!. Bob initially walks you through creating and editing an MSI the hard way...using Orca - a tool I've come to love and was using well before reading the book
It's a pretty good reading giving you plently of background specifics on why you do something, rather than just monkey-see-monkey-do as I have seen in some places.
I also found the chapter on upgrades and patches really helpfull, though I still had problems the first time around. It just gave me a better idea
Well that enough ranting, suffice to say it's in my list of 3 top MSI resources, one below the MSI.chm and one up from the rehashed CHM VB/VBA Developers Guide to the Windows Installer.
I'm always open to other good resources though, so if anyone has any suggestions .....
Posted 01 June 2002 - 07:00
Posted 10 June 2002 - 09:44
How many of you are in the UK and thought of Buying Bob Baker's new book? I did for one, but I wasn't going to pay the $65 P & P to the UK. I have the perfect solution.
Give InstallShield UK a call on 0117 903 0650, and go through to the Sales Department. The book is something like £35, but wait for it...P & P is around £5.00. You have to wait a few business days for it to be delivered, but it is certainly cheaper.
Maybe this will get this part of the forum up and running.
I will have to read it, and give my opionion here soon.
MicroCompass Systems Limited
Posted 20 June 2002 - 18:58
The book was the same price but Shipping was only 5 USD. Big difference. I guess you jsut have to look for where you live.
Though I will note that this is a hot seller on Amazon. It took 5 days before they even sent it. I jsut got a confirmation that it was being posted so should be soon... I hope, I need all the help i can get.
Posted 20 June 2002 - 20:04
You can use this link to order it from Amazon.com:
Getting Started with InstallShield Developer and Windows Installer Setups
I didn't find it at other amazon sites yet.
It also seems hard to get this book from book stores (at least here in Europe). But you can order it from the InstallSite Shop (books are on stock and will be shipped by air mail)
Again: the optimal solution depends on your location, so compare the offers (including shipping fees and delivery times)
Posted 11 October 2002 - 02:44
Just my opinion folks,
Posted 07 November 2003 - 03:06
Posted 27 January 2004 - 20:25
There has been one on Amazon.com that has been "wait to be released" for like a year now.
Posted 28 January 2004 - 08:18
Also the lastest book from InstallShield press "Practical Windows Installer Solutions for Building InstallShield Setup Applications" looks quite good. Of course it has some references to the InstallShield IDE, but most of the information in the book is also useful if you're not using InstallShield (for instance, custom actions are in VBScript or C, not in InstallScript). I received it only yesterday and haven't had the time to read it, but at first glance it looks very promising.
Posted 29 January 2004 - 16:27
I think it is good. At least compare to all the other books I had of Bob's,
this book has no installscripts at all.