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Microsoft® .NET Compact Framework (Core Reference) by Mark Sutton, Rory MacLoed, Robert Burbidge, Stephen Wheelwright, Andy Wigley

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Packaging Your Application

You package your applications into self-extracting .cab (CAB) files. CAB files deliver all files needed by your application in one file, thus preventing the risk of partial installation of your application.

You build a CAB file for your application in one of two ways. You can either generate the CAB file from Visual Studio .NET, or you can use the CAB Wizard application (Cabwiz.exe) at the command line.

Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. Using Visual Studio .NET to create the CAB file is quick and easy but is not very flexible in configuring installation options for your application. Using CAB Wizard will take longer because it requires you to set up the configuration file, but you have complete control ...

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