Summary results file for VSTS Generic Tests

So I am using Visual Studio Team System for prototyping some new Orcas features and am just loving it.  What I would to do today is share some code I used to generate a ‘Summary results file’. When a VSTS Generic Test has completed, VS looks for an optional XML file to display a test…

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Where are the Bootstrapper packages installed?

QuestionHow can I programatically determine where the Bootstrapper packages are located?    Answer If you would like to know how to programatically locate the Bootstrapper package location (if you were developing an installer for your custom package for example).  Check the following registry key: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\.NetFramework\sdkInstallRootv2.0 Then append the string: “Bootstrapper\Packages\”

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Programatically determining where the Bootstrapper packages are

If you would like to know how to programatically locate the Bootstrapper package location (if you were developing an installer for your custom package for example).  Check the following registry key: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\.NetFramework\sdkInstallRootv2.0 Then append the string: “Bootstrapper\Packages\”  

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LINQ project reactions

Paul Vick, VB technical lead, gave a talk today about some of the new language features for VB .NET 9.0.  I would describe the experience as jaw dropping.  XML, Data, SQL just working together seamlessly.  Wow. As the LINQ project solidifies I’ll let you know.  Until then let me give Paul’s blog a shameless plug http://www.panopticoncentral.net/. 

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Post vacation update

I have updated the Bootstrapper FAQ: http://blogs.msdn.com/chrsmith/articles/category/10628.aspx

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Can the Bootstrapper do complex logic for install conditions?

QuestionCan the Bootstrapper do complex logic on the install conditions?  Such as FailIf (X = true AND Y = false) AnswerNo.  The Bootstrapper only executes a single install condition at a time.  If you need more complicated logic then you will need to expand it out into multiple Command statements and use BypassIfs.  For example,…

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VS Tricks: How to load test files from within a Unit Test

It is a little-known secret that I moonlight as a computer-Go programmer.  (What is the game of ‘Go’ you ask?)  Anyways, I am writing my Go-bot using Visual Studio Team System to take advantage of all the great Unit Testing tools it offers.  What I would like to share here is a trick that I use…

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Orcas, The Bootstrapper, and Beyond

Well we shipped Visual Studio 2005, I took a little breather, and now I am back in my office thinking “what’s next”.  As much as us here at Microsoft wish we could just go back to working on the next version and making it even better, we are stuck in a waiting game.  What’s next? …

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Changing package deployment method post build

QuestionIs there a way I can change the Bootstrapper after setup.exe has been built? AnswerYes, you can.  Although you can’t change the packages or logic of the Bootstrapper you can change the way packages are deployed. You can use the command line to either turn HomeSite on/off or set the Components and Prerequisites URLs.  For…

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Updated Bootstrapper FAQ

Busy, busy, busy time here in Building 41.   The shipping cadence of Visual Studio 2005 beat louder every second!  In the mean time however, I have updated the Bootstrapper FAQ.

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