As many of you know mojoPortal is in the Windows Web Application Gallery and can be easily installed using the Platform Installer. However when we make new releases of mojoPortal it can be several weeks before we get the new version into the Web Application Gallery. We usually wait a little while to make sure we shake out any bugs before submitting updates to the Gallery and then once we do submit it it may take a few days to a week before it is updated there.
Now we have a custom product feed that can be used in the Platform Installer and we can update our own feed immediately when we make new releases. Our custom feed also has packages for SQL CE, SQLite, PostgreSQL and Firebird Sql packages of mojoPortal, in addition to the package for MS SQL, whereas the only package we have in the Web App Gallery is for MS SQL.
The product feed is brand new and I just revamped our article Installing mojoPortal Using the Web Platform Installer to provide full step by step details about how to add our product feed and install mojoPortal.
Once you've added our product feed to the Platform Installer a new mojoPortal tab appears and shows all of our latest packages for .NET 4.
The Platform Installer can install SQL Express if you don't already have it installed. Of course the packages for SQL CE and SQLite are the easiest to install because they are file based databases and have no database software that needs to be installed. You can install the packages for PostgreSql or Firebird but for those packages you would have to manually install the database server software and set your connection string in user.config.
We're always looking for ways to make things easier and I've been meaning to get this product feed put together for quite a while now. I once had made a feed as a static xml file but it was not easy to keep up to date so I ended up not keeping it up to date. The new feed is a custom .ashx file that I can easily edit with the new file information and it generates the feed, so it will be much easier to keep it updated as we make new releases of mojoPortal.
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