Previously I posted about the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and talked about the big 231 MB download that was seriously putting me off developing for the .NET 3.5 platform. While working on a .NET 2.0 application I noticed an intriguing new option under the compiler settings that I can select a “Client-only Framework subset”. It seems that when this option is ticked, your .NET 3.5 application will cause your MSI package to include only the .NET 3.5 CLR, WinForms, ClickOnce and the WPF and WCF frameworks. That’s all the stuff you need for just 26MB.
I don’t like MSI installers (they’re not powerful enough for me & not compressed enough for my customers) so I’ll have to wait until Lindersoft’s rather excellent SetupBuilder software supports bootstrapping the all new light .NET 3.5 framework.
Maybe now we’ll start seeing more WPF applications. I’m really looking forward to getting going with .NET 3.5 as I’ve been working with WPF for the last six months 🙂