How the WiX toolset got its name.

This morning someone asked me how the WiX toolset got its name. It isn’t a terribly long story so I thought I’d write it down quickly. [read more]

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In defense of Windows Vista’s Restart Manager.

In the last week there were three RSS feeds I follow that mentioned the new Restart Manager service in Windows Vista. First, Mary Jo Foley says, “The technology is designed to update parts of the operating system or applications without having to reboot the entire machine.” That sentence is slightly misleading because the Restart Manager…

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Windows Installer XML as a Domain Specific Language.

Gareth Jones, who is obviously a DSL aficionado, makes a couple interesting points in his two recent blog entries. In his first blog entry, Gareth points out that the "DSL Setup Project" in November’s DSL Tools CTP is a "domain specific setup builder". I called it a "specialized setup package builder" here but Gareth’s wording…

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Core WiX toolset v2 shipped in a Microsoft product…

I had many goals for the WiX toolset since its inception six years ago. Obviously, being released as a true Open Source project was one of those goals that was met about a year and half ago. Another goal was to have the core WiX toolset (candle, light, wix) shipped as part of a Microsoft…

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