Thursday Night "Deployment Dinner Discussion" with Charlie Poole.

Tonight I traveled to Anthony’s Beach Cafe in Edmonds, WA to have dinner with Charlie Poole.  Charlie is the active maintainer of the NUnit project.  He contacted me (via my blog, IIRC) and we set up tonight’s meeting.  I expected he wanted to meet because NUnit is now using the WiX toolset too. Charlie did…

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SharpDevelop 2.1 – the latest WiX UI Editor

I was cleaning out some old mail messages and came across this tidbit of information that several people sent me.  SharpDevelop 2.1 now supports the WiX toolset.  At the same time, I noticed that SharpDevelop 2.1 moved to WiX to build its setup packages.  I took a quick scan through their MSI and it looks…

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WiX in Visual Studio

In my previous blog entry, I mentioned that Visual Studio was adopting the WiX toolset. Despite the fact that Derek was leaving, that post generated a bit of excitement. I even had a couple people contact me directly about the prospect that Visual Studio would be shipping WiX v3. Unfortunately, when I said "the Visual…

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Bittersweet change, Derek Cicerone leaves WiX.

As I noted in my previous blog entry, there is a lot of change in my life right now. Today Derek Cicerone announced that he is retiring from the WiX community. What Derek left out is that today was also his last day at Microsoft after four years. He leaves this weekend for a startup…

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Creative Commons Add-in’s Office XP PIA – Conditioning the Office XP PIAs – Part 1

Previously I described how the Office XP PIA install detected what parts of Office XP were installed. There are two places that the detection information is used and there are weaknesses in both places that we’ll discuss. In this blog entry we’ll take a look at the first place the detection logic is used. The…

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Creative Commons Add-in’s Office XP PIA – Detecting Office XP Parts

There was a lot more interest in the Office XP PIA install that Bob created than I expected. I’m currently in the process of trying to get the Office team to take the work we did back and post that instead of the loose collection of files available today. I believe this is the most…

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Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office: Behind the Office PIAs.

Tonight, we’ll continue with the story of the development of the Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office. As I mentioned in the introduction one of the first problems that we tackled was the Office PIAs. Rather than provide you second hand information about the development of the PIA packages, I’ve invited Bob Arnson to be…

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The WiX toolset presents the Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office.

I have been working on a few unrelated side-projects over the last several months. These are projects that I find interesting and typically relate to software installation in some way. Today Microsoft released the first of these projects, the Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office. Essentially, the Creative Commons Add-in for Microsoft Office is a…

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WiX v2 Manual Online

Just a short post here to point out some of Fredrik Grohn’s latest handiwork. If you look on the right of the WiX toolset website, you’ll see a new link called Manual (WiX 2.0). That’s an online version of the content in the WiX.chm. Eventually, a Manual (WiX 3.0) will show up. Now that the…

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Windows Installer XML Toolset is 2 years old.

Today is the second anniversary of the Windows Installer XML Toolset’s release to SourceForge. Looking back I find it hard to believe that two years have passed so quickly. There is still plenty of work to do but we’ve had a great ride so far. Some stats that I find interesting: 30+ Releases 215,000+ Downloads…

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