It has been a very long time since a new book on Windows Installer has been published. The Definitive Guide to Windows Installer is written primarily to a developer audience, however, it...
Includes many, many things about deployment and administration. This is beneficial to administrators in two respects - it makes it a worthwhile read for administrators and it brings up the awareness in the development community of how their packages should behave properly for enterprise deployment.
Windows Installer 3.0 information is focused in the patching section. The authoring tool examples are Orca and Visual Studio - using these tool examples makes sense for a developer audience as these are the freely available tools for authoring. However, administrators may find it challenging to work the example code with their current tool due to the low level of Windows Installer editing that must be done - in addition, many administrator tools have built-in methods for handling these package authoring requirements.
The only difficulty I found with the book is the flow and chapter organization. In my opinion it reads more like a loosely organized FAQ than a tightly organized tutorial or reference work.
That being said, we all know what it is like to come across the gem of a solution buried in an internet faq or news group. This book definitely merits a spot on every packagers bookshelf!
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