JFX build and deployment - squeaking wheel

Joshua Marinacci joshua at marinacci.org
Tue Nov 6 08:22:57 PST 2012

Is the Windows Store restricted to only Metro apps written in WinRT or can
desktop mode apps be included as well?


Most likely sent from Planet Earth

On Nov 5, 2012, at 3:29 PM, Scott Palmer <swpalmer at gmail.com> wrote:

On Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 5:32 PM, John Smith <John_Smith at symantec.com> wrote:

> > Is this what the new Windows Store uses as well?
> No, Windows Store does not use MSI, it uses appx files and Open Packaging
> Conventions.
> There is no installer, updater or uninstaller for the package, just some
> metadata which a store client can use to install, update or uninstall a
> component.
> appx is just like a zip file with a manifest, similar to a jar file.
> Those interested, can see here for info:
>   http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/hh464929.aspxApp packages and deployment (Windows Store apps)
>   http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/hh446767.aspxApp packager (MakeAppx.exe) - kind of the Windows Store equivalent of
> javafxpackager.exe
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/hh446593%28v=vs.85%29.aspxPackaging, deployment, and query of Windows Store apps
Ah good, they basically copied Apple again.  (I worry when they try to
"innovate".) :-)

So Windows now uses nearly the same format as Mac - an "embraced and
extended" flavour the OS X "Application Bundle".

It seems they are on track to keep their pace of remaining ten years behind
the competition, but at least they are moving in the right direction.

Okay, poking fun at Microsoft aside, this looks good as far as
cross-platform creation of the .appx package is concerned.  But's it's
Windows 8 only, right?


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