Software Packaging

Hey everyone!

I’ve been diving into the world of software packaging lately and wanted to share some insights and gather some tips from you all. When it comes to packaging software, it’s not just about bundling up files; it’s about ensuring smooth deployment and compatibility across different systems.

I’ve found that adhering to best practices like version control, clear documentation, and automation tools can really streamline the packaging process. Plus, it helps avoid those dreaded compatibility issues down the line.

What are some of your go-to practices for software packaging? Any tools or techniques that have been game-changers for you? Let’s swap ideas and learn from each other!

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

alexa smith

Regarding old fashion desktop application, I found a built in installer on Mac. Just one line in the Terminal. Done! Compared to Windows this is super simple…

pkgbuild --install-location /Applications/ --root /Applications/ --identifier se.myapp2.0 /Users/sibert/Documents/MyApp_Installer/Installer.pkg

Of course the application must be signed and notarized, but this is another history…

How do you define software packaging?

I would not consider that to be software packaging. Whether the term setup, deploy or promote is used, my understanding of what a software package is that it is a file. I suppose software package could refer to specific software in a general manner, very general, and might be synonymous with software product.

Do you mean the contents of a box?

The packaging typically includes metadata such as version numbers, dependencies, and installation instructions to ensure smooth installation and compatibility with the target system. Software packaging plays a crucial role in simplifying the deployment and maintenance of software across different platforms and environments.