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Posted 17 June 2003 - 14:22

Has anybody implemented an automated build process using Visual C++? My company already has a build tool for executables written in C++ and I want to incorporate the installers into this. All examples that I can find using the automation interface are written in VB and COM in C++ isn’t quite so “user friendly.”

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Posted 17 June 2003 - 16:29

My end goal is to have automated process for updating & building the install, but I was planning on relying upon batch files, file synchronization utilities, and InstallShield's command-line build to achieve this as opposed to a custom C++ application.

However, Visual Build Professional by Kinook Software is an off-the-shelf package which is supposed to do this. It has a variety of supported tools including all of the InstallShield packages. I've never used it, but they have a free trial, so you're welcome to check it out. If you do, let me know what your thoughts.

Good luck.
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Posted 17 June 2003 - 17:35

I Visual Build as well as FinalBuilder and they both look like good applications but since we already have a C++ solution for building our executables I think that I should just try to add the installer functionality.

I did some research and I found an article that covers this. It can be found at:

I guess I answered my own question.


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Posted 17 June 2003 - 23:21


You could use my free tool MAKEMSI to automate MSI builds, see:


It is basically a codeless script although VBSCRIPT can be imbedded if required.

Dennis Bareis (dbareis@No.Spam.gmail.com)
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