The author of this blog is Charles B. Hodge, who has focused on building deployment packages since 1983 – back when computers were coal-fired!
My first experience was creating installation packages on Mainframe computers – we delivered the software and install package on 2400′ reels of 5/8″ computer tapes! I switched to PC development in 1990, and have been involved with building PC application packages since then.
Started working with the InstallShield product in 1995 and never departed from that authoring engine. Vast range of experience on all different versions from 3.0, then 5.0 thru the most current version they have out. I focused on Basic MSI packages in 1999 and pretty much abandoned usage of InstallScript Projects unless consulting requirements dictate I dabble in it.
As with any Build Specialist, you must take on other responsibilites such as installation support, Configuration Management (Source Management) and Automating the Production Build process.