Where’s the setup?

I know a lot of you follow this blog because I talk about setup and I know that I haven’t been writing about setup much lately. Trust me it isn’t because there isn’t anything to write. No, the problem is actually that I’ve been writing internally.

You see, I’m a developer. I write code. I really like writing, debugging, and thinking about code. I can write code for hours on hours plowing through line after line, bug after bug. However, writing (in English) simply drains me. I find this ironic because writing code for computers requires a certain perfection while humans can read over typos, comma splices, and whatnot and still reach the conclusion without crashing. Even so I find it infinitely more difficult to write for humans such that I communicate my ideas accurately. With computers I can step over line after line of assembly knowing myself what the computer understands. Humans are so much more difficult…

So what have I been writing lately? I’ve been writing about the present and I’ve been writing about the past*. With the understanding gathered from those writings, most recently I’ve been writing about the future. And if all goes very well then by the end of the year I’ll actually be writing the future… in code.

* When I’m done with my paper on the past, I’ll post it here.

Comments (3)

  1. vincem says:

    Excellent whitepaper about WIX and setup! Thanks.

  2. Many of the best writers agonize over every sentence, and sometimes ever word. You are in good company.

  3. Possibly not the best post for this comment, but I hope you don’t mind… Would it be possible for the Windows Installer to access user preferences around install, perhaps specificed in a control panel?

    I never use the Quick Launch bar and I don’t want desktop shortcuts and in every installation I do I have to go tick to turn those of. It would be nice to have an installation control panel where I could specify those once and for all and have application installers look at my preferences and default to those.