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So you have written your program, finished testing it, and now you are ready to distribute it. Well, most Windows programs nowadays are distributed as setup packages, and these setup packages provide an easy way for the programs to be installed to, and uninstalled from, the user's computer. If you decide to distribute your program as a setup package, you will need to use a third-party utility to create the setup package, because Irie Pascal does not include such a utility. Using a third-party utility should not be a problem because Irie Pascal programs are very easy to install.
Most, if not all, setup packages will prompt the user to select the installation folder (i.e. the folder that the program files should be installed into). The utility that creates the setup package will allow you to specify which files you want to put into the installation folder. Most setup creation utilities also allow you to specify which files to put in special directories, such as the Windows folder, or the Windows Systems folder. In the case of Irie Pascal programs you basically have two choices for placing files:
You probably can't depend on the users of your program having Irie Pascal installed on their computers, so you will probably want the setup package to provide an easy way to run your program. Most setup creation utilities can create setup packages that will add your program to the Windows Start Menu, or create a shortcut, on the Desktop, to your program, or both.
If your program is an IVM executable then there is a slight problem you will need to overcome. The problem is that Windows, right out of the box, does not know how to run Irie Virtual Machine (IVM) executables.
If your program is an Irie Virtual Machine (IVM) executable then in addition to the .ivm file containing your program, you will also need to distribute the IVM Interpreter (i.e. ivm.exe), and the Irie Run-Time Engine (i.e. the file iriert26.dll), along with any other files required by your particular program. If you have purchased a license to use Irie Pascal, then you may have the right to distribute the files necessary to run your programs (see the license agreement for details).
If your program is an EXE executable then in addition to your program, you will also need to distribute the Irie Run-Time Engine (i.e. iriert26.dll), along with any other files required by your particular program. NOTE: In this case there is no need to distribute the IVM Interpreter (i.e. ivm.exe).
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