How to get IntelliSense for WiX in Visual Studio 2003 and 2005

There have been a couple people to blog about this already (one is here), but I wanted to point out that Visual Studio 2003 and Visual Studio 2005 are different in how you get IntelliSense working for WiX files. For both you have to copy the wix.xsd file to a specified directory. Visual Studio 2003…

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A nice little article about defensive programming

Shahar Prish, one of my fellow teammates on the Excel Server (now called Excel Services by marketing) team has written a nice little article on defensive programming that I thought was pretty insightful. And no, I’m not Dev1, Dev2, or Dev3. http://blogs.msdn.com/cumgranosalis/archive/2005/12/12/DefensiveProgramming1.aspx

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Excel Server finally goes public!!!

I can now reveal what project I am working on here in Office. Excel Server finally went public yesterday at PDC and from what I understand got applause from thousands of people in the audience. It’s an awesome product. I’m excited to see the response to the upcoming demos on it.

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Moving the WiX toolset to NAnt builds

As many of you may know, we’ve had two different builds for the WiX toolset: one for the external world (i.e. SourceForge), and the other for the developers working on WiX inside of Microsoft. These two builds were different enough to mess things up from time to time, and at the very least was annoying…

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Announcing a new WiX project: Sconce

Although I’m still planning at this point to use the new VS SDK 2005 MPF classes, I want to continue to support the current Votive VS 2003 version for a little while. I at least want to clean up some bugs and make it a little more robust before moving on. To help me in…

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Validation of the Votive Roadmap

I’ve gotten a lot of validation for the roadmap I laid out in my last blog entry via the wix-devs mailing list. Most people say that while it’s unfortunate that support for Visual Studio 2003 will be cut off, if I get more for free by switching to the MPF in Visual Studio 2005, then I…

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Roadmap of Votive

What is Votive and where is it going? Well, first of all you should probably understand what WiX is. In a nutshell, WiX (Windows Installer XML) is an XML-based language for creating Windows Installer packages (.MSI files) that can install applications for the Windows platform. Votive is the Visual Studio package that lets you edit…

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Introductions

Well, I’m now a certified MSDN blogger. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time, but just haven’t gotten around to it. First of all, let me give a little information about myself. I’m a developer at Microsoft working on the next version of Excel. Let me just tell you that it will…

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