best downloading architecture - vote 1, 2, 3 or 4
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Wed Dec 6 01:25:35 EST 2006
Josh Mellicker asked:
> What is your vote?
> 5. none of the above
6: The application is installed with everything it needs to run.
Updates can come in over the wire later, but once the installer has run
it's ready to go, right then and there. You'd be surprised how many
folks download installers and run them later, and later might be on a
train or a plane or a spaceship to Mars. Why punish the affluent
traveling customer when you could be catering to that desirable
demographic instead, for the low cost of a convenient experience for
When updates are checked, all user interface elements are able to be
updated. The splash screen is a user interface element, and as subject
to change as anything else, so the only thing in the standalone is an
error dialog which no one should ever see unless Something Very Bad
happens during install, in which case the user won't be able to see
anything other than the first card of the mainstack anyway -- might as
well make it count. If boot goes well I can hide that and move on to
load the rest of the components. No UI in the standalone means all UI
can be updated.
I guess if this needs a name we could call it "Complete Install with
I'm sure there's a 7, 8, 43, 1544, and more, but #6 is just what I do.
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