Syntax highlighting and IntelliSense for WiX in Visual Studio.

I’m flying out to Italy in the morning but before I go to finish packing I wanted to quickly point out something that I took for granted.  If you use Visual Studio to edit your .wxs files Scott Weinstein has a great blog entry that clearly articulates how you can get VS to syntax highlight your .wxs file (as XML) and provide IntelliSense while editing.

Personally, I use VS when spending lots of time editing .wxs files and use notepad2 (for XML syntax highlighting) when just doing quick fixes to a file.  It is amazing how much typing IntelliSense can save you and I’ve found syntax highlighting really cuts down on the number of silly mistakes I make in XML (for example, missing the close quote or close angle bracket on an element).

When I get back from Italy (in a week) I’ll try to get the hour long WiX presentation I did internally a couple months ago up on the WiX SourceForge site.  That presentation is a much more detailed version of the 45 minute presentation I gave at OSCON.  After that, maybe I’ll post the entries from the Travel Diary that I’m taking with me to Italy.

Arrivederci!  Colloquio a voi la settimana prossima.

Comments (2)

  1. Reid says:

    Abbia un viaggio fantastico!