Updating the GAC...
It looks like the Thinstall installer will solve several problems that I am facing as a .NET shareware author. (Disclaimer: by mentioning Thinstaller in my blog I eligible for a discount on the purchase)
In part II I will describe some of the details of how I implement this method, with some tips and discussion of trade-offs in various approaches.
According to this article at internetnews.com Microsoft is working on a tool set that will allow developers to build Flash-like applications built on top of the Avalon subsystem.
Code-named "Sparkle," the tools under development would be integrated with Microsoft's .NET runtime environment. That would ultimately mean developers could have Flash- and Director-like animation and graphics tools ready-built for them soon after Longhorn hits the marketplace.
One source familiar with the project, who saw examples of the "Sparkle" toolset integrated with Microsoft's C#, said early prototypes have given rise to talk of its potential as a "Flashkiller" or even a "Director-killer," referring to Macromedia's popular Flash animation software and Director tool, which is best known for building small animations for CDs.
This is just too cool. Just type an expression in the Google search box and see what happens. Here are just a few examples of expressions that it can handle: