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  1. #1
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    Question Distribution of an app

    Hi

    Can anyone tell me what app files are installed when you distribute an VB.NET app ?

    Meaning, do all the files in the BIN directory go, what about all the forms or are they all compiled, what prevents users from modifying any forms or code ?

    Thanks
    shickey da newbie


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    Generally just the .exe, possibly a .config and any .dlls in the \bin directory. If you use any COM components or third-party .NET components that are registered in the GAC, they must be distributed and installed as well.
    Phil Weber
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    The DLL or EXE code you'll distribute is MSIL, not source, and so is not *easily* modifiable by most people. However it is modifiable by some knowledgable programmers. You can purchase or download code obfuscators that make the files far more difficult to modify.
    A. Russell Jones,
    Executive Editor,
    Internet.com

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