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standalone exe.... my favorite.

tell me about it.

Somewhat off topic, but Is there a way to compile a .Net application so that it doesn't require the .Net framework? I remember reading about this in Joel Spolsky's book.

Not really. There are some solutions out there that copy only the .NET dlls you need and make them standalone...but at the end of the day, for a reasonable WinForms or WPF app, you're downloading several MB worth of dlls. Combine that with the fact that by doing this you lose automatic security or performance upgrades per .NET service packs, and the effort just isn't worth it.

Why bother when .NET is installed by default on the latest OSes? Vista ships with .NET 3 installed.

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