Sunday, August 24, 2008

Get The SmallestDotNet

Scott Hanselman just posted some interesting details on the size of the .Net framework and I was surprised to see that it's really not as big as it always seems, based on typical installers.

Everytime you go to a typical DotNet download site, you see this "approximately 200 MB" download. Scary stuff if you're aiming to create a nice small download. But as he notes, this is because instead of creating a "pick the download that matches your configuration", Microsoft has an installer that covers every possible scenario, which unfortunately, DOES require 200MB.

So he's created SmallestDotNet: On the Size of the .NET Framework  - it didn't work so well on mine (as shown here):

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But it's better than nothing.

The only question that now arises is: but if I'm creating an installer, don't I have to be prepared for every possible installation? Possibly but apparently there's a tool "Client Profile Bootstrapper" that will make it easier in the future.

Note that this isn't for Dev DotNet stuff (like Team Explorer which is a 250MB download for what essentially is a file browser) - I wish there would be a similar post on this as well.

Great stuff and thanks, Scott!

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