DotNetChk.exe

I have had a lot of questions from Bootstrapper users about how to check if the .Net Framework is installed on the target system or not.  Although we are discussing adding a new InstallCondition into the Bootstrapper for Orcas, the way to check using Visual Studio 2005 is to use the application dotnetchk.exe. Dotnetchk.exe (a…

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Leave no documents behind!

So I have been working with some folks to help develop our design process in Orcas.  (Check out the Channel 9 video on MQ) What I would like to talk (rant) about today is leaving formalized documents behind.  That is specs, design docs, test plans, etc. In short: Formalized documents make no impact on the…

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Bootstrapper SDK

So now that the Visual Studio 2005 Generic Bootstrapper is ‘out in the wild’, I am spending a lot of time helping internal and external customers in creating custom Bootstrapper packages which is great! In order to help people develop packages, I am going to create a Custom Bootstrapper Package SDK.  It will contain tools, examples,…

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Test Driven Development and VSTS

I am involved in an ‘experiment’ of sorts here in the Developer Division at Microsoft, Mike Sampson and I have teamed up to see what the MSF Agile development process would like like on the Deployment Team.  This serves as a data gathering mission for how we should structure SDE and SDET work here at Microsoft…

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