|Creating AutoRun Media to deploy your application.
|by Arnaldo Sandoval |
I began my run in the IT field back in 1975 while at the University getting my Industrial Engineer Bachelor Degree; using Wang Basic language and Burroughs 6700's FORTRAN and COBOL, working as a Teacher’s assistance for a fist full of dollars, since then I had worked in four different countries: Venezuela, USA, Mexico and Australia, the Business Basic Language the main skill expected from me; learning Unix, C, PASCAL, Uniplex, WordPerfect, 20/20 in the lates 80s, Sybase in the early 90s, Basis BBx in the 90s, Microsoft’s VBA in the mid 90s, Visual Basic version 3.0 around 1996; moved to Australia in the lates 90s, here I kept learning, Transoft’s Universal Business Language, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Visual Basic .Net; working for a major Australian company in the building material market. I had worked for Computers Manufacturing companies (MAI Basic Four after reading the Wikepedia definition, it feels good being an active part of the industry), and high rollers companies (DOLE, Pepsico when they operated Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and PFS, Boral Limited), roaming the world while doing so, exposed to cutting edge technologies of their time, creating it when the opportunity required so. I currently look after an Oracle data warehouse, sourcing its data from four or five legacy applications, servicing Crystal Reports and Cognos Cubes, developed VB and Net solutions; I could claim the phrase “I had been there, done that” suits me like a globe, always addressing any challenge with an engineer mind, which is different to an IT mindset.
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AUTORUN A WEB PAGE-SITE AFTER INSERTING YOUR DISTRIBUTION MEDIA ON THE TARGET MACHINE:
You may take this section as an additional alternative when designing your distribution media, currently the autorun.inf does not allow you to start a Web Application easily when you insert your CD or DVD media, but there is a freeware program known as ShellRun.exe written by PHD Computers Consultants that will allow you to do just that, this freeware program should be shipped in your media, and it will handle any web page request on the target machine, if you are shipping a web page-site in your distribution media, you should be able to make your distribution media installation interface experience more user friendly to your customers, by driving them through out a web page.
You can find more information about ShellRun.exe at this web site PHD Computer Consultants Ltd (ShellRun.exe); We suggest you to visit their web site as it contains further information about the autorun.inf file required to create autorun media.
The ShellRun.Exe does not replaced the autorun.inf file at all, you reference this program within the autoron.inf
If you decide to distribute your application with an autorun media showing a Web Site/Page, you should develop it using plain HTML pages (unless your web page development skills are solid); All the pages and images shown by this web installation site/page should be included as part of your distribution media, this is a folder containing all the files required, you may named this folder with something like MyInstallationPage or whatever suit you better.
If you take this path to distribute your application, your autorun.inf file should be something like the one show below:
- shellrun.exe is the program downloard from the PHD Computer Consultants page.
- MyInstallationPage is a folder on your distribution media containing the installation page web files.
- index.html is your installation site's home page, this file is located on your distribution media under the MyInstallationPage folder.
- icon= is an autorun.inf token identifying the icon to be displayed when looking at your CD-DVD media using Windows Explorer.
- btw.ico is the icon file, located on your CD-DVD distribution media's root directory. You can use whatever icon suits better your needs.
You should create the folder MyInstallationPage, and include the files shellrun.exe, btw.ico (or whateve icon suits you better) and index.html under your CD_IMAGE folder described above.