The Application Book

The Application Book

This is a book for packagers of all types.

I find that even the most seasoned of packagers are fuzzy (at best) on what all that stuff that installers do is really for. So in our Master’s Level App-V Training classes I have been diving more and more into how application installers work and what they are trying to do.

But there is only so much time I can give to this important subject when we have so much else to cover during the class.  This winter I decided to take that material and separate it from the class.  Diving in deeper than I ever did before, I set out with an ambitious goal – to map the various file and registry settings laid down by installers into the purpose for them being there.  In essence, I am mapping them into the Windows APIs that those files/settings are intended to use so that we can understand them.  It is sort of a reverse engineering of the Windows API.

And you know what?  I learned a heck of a lot in writing the book.  Well, actually, it was in the verification of my initial draft that I learned a surprising amount. Some things have changed in Windows over time, and on others what we all think we know turns out to be wrong.  For a while I even planned to subtitle the book “Corrections to things we all thought we knew“.

The book is intended as a reference for anyone who (re)packages applications.  And not just for App-V, but any kind of repackaging including MSI and Layering too.

You won’t find the book on Amazon – they take 70% of my profit if I allowed it.  You can find more about the book on the main TMurgent website here http://www.tmurgent.com/appv/en/resources/books/80-books/415-the-app-book and you’ll ultimately purchase it from our publisher at Lulu. If you go directly to their website there is a good chance the landing page will have a discount coupon you can use.

PS: See what Bob Kelly has to say about the book here. Bob left Itninja and has a new site called AppDetails that intends to be the new “AppDeploy“, so you might want to check out while you are there.

Author: Tim Mangan

Microsoft MVP for App-V Citrix CTP