I have not forgotten the matter! If you have not received any news from me, it was just because we was working on it.
BUT TODAY IS THE DAY!
The Net Bridge runtimes are finally available with the required fixes we discussed.
To have access to these, please upgrade your InstallAware NX to the new 14.03 version, already available from our download page.
The NET Bridge update comes with an a new Net plugin skeleton that integrates the new changes.
For a complete list of the changes introduced with the new 14.03, please refer to:http://www.installaware.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8835
Now let me talk a little about InstallAware plugins and Net Brigde.
It is important to clarify (... this because some questions posted by users) that Net Bridge is not a Framework.
Net Bridge is actually an Interface that allows MANAGED CODE, to handle callback comunications request from IA Ide and IA engine.
These requests are notified to the plugin through events. This mechanism is indetical using; C++, Delphi or Net to develop plugins.
The only difference developing IA plugins with NET, is with THE FACT THAT IS not possible to communicate natively with IA, you must use the net Bridge interface to receive InstallAware NOTIFICATIONS.All the rest of the works that the plugin does using NET it is quite the same as using C++ or anything else.
Said this, for any information regarding the functions usage and parameters, you must refer to InstallAware Plugin documentation.
It is important to clarify also, that Net Bridge doesn't come with anything else additionally. It is the interface only!
The developer is responsable of any code operation executed by the plugin and incorrect operations, may cause serius faults in IA engine functionality.
The Net Bridge doesn't come with a ready to use "User Interface". The developer is responsible to develop it.
Finally, with the development of a plugin you can do what you want. There are no limits.
It all depends on your development skill.
Last but not least, as compendium to the plugin skeleton available with InstallAware NX, I have realized a simple NET plugin ready to use.
My plugin sample is a DUMMY plugin that in reality does nothing, but illustrates with a ready to use sample how it works.
I will post you very soon all the projects required to test it ... so I'm just asking you to be patient for while ... the time required to complete some parts that I think you will find useful.
These last two weeks has been very busy for me, Bridge testing, sample testing and ... many more.