What is the Bootstrapper, really

For this post I would like to provide an overview of the Visual Studio 2005 Generic Bootstrapper.  Not as the generic deployment engine for custom packages, but rather that it truly is.  Bootstrapper GoalsOn the very high level the generic Bootstrapper is a program called setup.exe.  It is built by MSBuild taking in a list…

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ZBB duties call

So many good ideas so little time 🙁  So the final results of that class I went to were amazing.  I am currently brainstorming how we can integrate EVERY idea into our development process.  (Which, I might add wouldn’t be possible with the best Office app ever: OneNote.) Anyways, I have had to put those…

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Even pros still go to class

So my manager, from what appeared to be a whim, recommended that I take a class on White Box testing techniques and give a presentation to my team.  Eager to try something new I obliged.  However, at the time I was unaware that the class would have a four hour sessions every day this week….

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Software quality vs. Perspective

Last week I took a trip to Texas to visit my girlfriend.  It was a pretty nice way to unwind after shipping Beta2, but I am not really capable of ‘relaxing’ without focusing on doing some sort work.  So I started to think about some of the ways we could improve our development process, in…

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HomeSite

I have a long list of Blog ideas but unfortunately I haven’t had the time to write any of them. Why?  Because we were putting the final touches on Whidbey Beta2!  But alas, it is now out the door.  Get it now at: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/get/ Perhaps the most exciting new feature in Beta2 is known as…

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Hello world!

Hello! My name is Chris Smith and I work for the VB.NET Deployment Team for Visual Studio as a “Software Design Engineer in Test”. What that all translates to is that I work to make sure the Visual Studio Generic Bootstrapper is nothing short of amazing. To tell you more about myself, I grew up…

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