Installer Preview: Smarter, Faster And Sexier – v2010 vol 1

ASP.NET Team Blog
16 April 2010

Check out the images below of the updated DXperience v2010.1 Unified .NET Installer. First let’s review some of the changes:

Smarter

  • This installer will work for Visual Studio 2005, 2008 and 2010! Because some of the features and products will only work in VS2010, the installer will automatically enable and disable the products based on the IDE and .NET frameworks installed. More on this below.
  • The installer now uses Visual Studio’s built-in “ASP.NET Development Server” to simplify using our ASP.NET demos.

Smaller

The installer size has been reduced! The latest DXperience beta build that I got my hands on is v2010.1.2 and it includes:

  • All .NET binaries for our products
  • Source code (if you have the paid option)
  • And no documentation.

For example, this latest DXperience beta build is now approximately 193mb.

Faster

Because documentation files were moved to a separate installer, the time to install is also reduced.

Sexier

Check out this walkthrough of installing DXperience v2010.1 in to my local development virtual machine. Click any image to see a larger version:

Step 1 – Launch the installer, enter my Client Center credentials and Verify the login details:

 Enter Installer Login Details Installer Error Checking Login Details Login Details Verified!

Step 2 – Select the DevExpress products you wish to install:

Select DevExpress Products To Install 

Step 3 – Agree to the EULA:

 EULA Agreement

Step 4 – Select destination folder:

Select destination folder to install DXperience

Step 5 – Wait a few minutes for the installer to extract and install the necessary files:

Installer unpacking and registering products 

Step 5 – Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed the installation!

Installation complete! 

Optional step 6 – If the ‘Launch DemoCenter’ check box was left checked then you’ll see our slick DemoCenter application popup. It’s a very handy way to see all the new demos and highlighted features of our products:

 

 

DemoCenter Application

 

And that’s it! You’re now installed DXperience v2010 volume 1.

Happy Coding!

DXperience? What's That?

DXperience is the .NET developer's secret weapon. Get full access to a complete suite of professional components that let you instantly drop in new features, designer styles and fast performance for your applications. Try a fully-functional version of DXperience for free now: http://www.devexpress.com/Downloads/NET/

 

30 comment(s)
Anonymous
Bradley

Can the installer handle separate products with different licensing yet?

For example. Work pays for the WinForm controls,  I pay for my own license to CodeRush and Refactor.  Currently the installer only allows you to have one license in effect at a time, so one of the products has to run in evaluation mode.

There has been a bug report open on this for this since the first version of the unified installer.  It wasn't a problem before with separate installers for each product.

16 April, 2010
Grant Levy
Grant Levy

Sexier indeed!  I like it.

16 April, 2010
Will Vandergrift
Will Vandergrift

Love the new look!

16 April, 2010
Stefan Guc
Stefan Guc

Sexier is the word for today, Looks great!

Curious to know if you use an industry setup installer like InstallAware or InstallSheild or produce your own installer??

16 April, 2010
CESAR F. QüEB
CESAR F. QüEB

This new setup version has a "hot" and "cutie" skin. Now I hope that DevExpress implement stand alone setups for HotFixes or Patches...

Congratulations...

16 April, 2010
Nate Laff
Nate Laff

The previous installer was in Delphi, so my assumption is this is custom rolled, too.

16 April, 2010
Brendon Muck [DevExpress MVP]
Brendon Muck [DevExpress MVP]

I noticed you mention a lack of VS 2005 support. I assume this is just an oversight?

17 April, 2010
Rennie Petersen
Rennie Petersen

Can't we drop this "sexier" nonsense? Things concerning sex are important enough and problematic enough without corrupting the English language so the whole concept gets corrupted.

17 April, 2010
Uwe Porsch
Uwe Porsch

And when will we get it ????

17 April, 2010
Toni Wenzel
Toni Wenzel

Very nice look and feel!

Do you use WIX or a custom install creator?

17 April, 2010
Neal
Neal

The installer looks great, works great.  Regarding documentation, I don't plan to ever install it, I prefer to use the ONLINE documentation.  Please add LINKS to your DevExpress menu and one of which is to your online documentation as I'll be using that for my doc needs instead of installing local docs.

17 April, 2010
David Shannon
David Shannon

I understand part of the idea is that the help will be updated perhaps less frequently or on a different schedule than the suite.  

--Will the help installer be listed separately in the client center?

--Will there be different build numbers for the help and the suite, or how will that work?

17 April, 2010
Anonymous
louie

This looks awesome.  Will this be a part of the 2010.1 DexExpress package?  

18 April, 2010
G Howell
G Howell

Hi guys, our corporate firewall blocks the serial checker (same as always), but when I go through the manual process, the installer doesn't go to the next step eg I can't install it?  This didn't happen with the old installer....

18 April, 2010
Howard Herrera
Howard Herrera

The post says :

"Because some of the features and products will only work in VS2010, the installer will automatically enable and disable the products based on the IDE and .NET frameworks installed."

Is there any bad side effect if I had both VS2008 and VS2010 installed side by side?

19 April, 2010
Rick Bartlett
Rick Bartlett

I don't see the beta in my Client area. Is it available yet?

19 April, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Bradley,

>>Can the installer handle separate products with different licensing yet?

No.

About the bug, the installer team will take a look at it again.

19 April, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Stefan & @Toni,

It is our own custom installer written in Delphi.

19 April, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Brendon,

Yes, you're correct. DXperience Installer does support VS2005 also and I've updated the post, thanks.

19 April, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Cesar,

Thanks but no promises on the stand alone setups yet.

19 April, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Neal,

Thanks for the suggestion and the installer team will work that into a future release of the installer. Perhaps by RTM version.

19 April, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@David,

>>Will the help installer be listed separately in the client center?

I believe it will, Yes.

>>Will there be different build numbers for the help and the suite, or how will that work?

Not sure, but most likely it doesn't make sense to download it after every release. I'll check with the team about it.

19 April, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Louie,

Thanks, and yes, this the DXperience v2010.1 installer.

19 April, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@G Howell,

This bug has already been fixed and the beta will work properly.

19 April, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Howard,

>>Is there any bad side effect if I had both VS2008 and VS2010 installed side by side?

No. :)

19 April, 2010
Rick Bartlett
Rick Bartlett

It's there now, thanks...

19 April, 2010
Anonymous
Phil

Very nice look, like it

22 April, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Bradley,

Please contact our support team at the link below and they can help you out:

www.devexpress.com/.../CreateIssue.aspx

27 April, 2010
Eugene Paradizov
Eugene Paradizov

@Mehul,

In your blog post you said that some features will be disabled for non-VS2010 users. Can you tell us what those are?

29 April, 2010
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

@Eugene,

Sure, there are items like the Silverlight 4 features that only work in VS2010. Therefore, our DXperience v2010.1+ Silverlight tools will not install in VS2008. For older SL3, you'll need DXperience v2009.3 release. I recommend reading this blog post for more info:

community.devexpress.com/.../merging-our-silverlight-and-wpf-ui-controls.aspx

Hope that helps.

29 April, 2010

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