Thoughts about setup and deployment issues, WiX, XNA, the .NET Framework and Visual Studio
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As noted on the XNA Game Studio team blog and this App Hub news item, the deadline for submitting Xbox LIVE Indie Games created with XNA Game Studio 3.1 to play-testing or peer review is only one week away. Here are the key things to keep in mind:
Rob Mensching announced on his blog yesterday that the build that is likely to be the final build of WiX v3.5 is now available to download. The v3.5.2519 build contains a couple of targeted fixes for bugs reported since the 2nd escrow build was declared in December, and it will be the final build of WiX v3.5 if no ship-stopping bugs are found.
If you are using WiX to create Windows Installer packages for your products, I strongly encourage you to upgrade to this build of WiX v3.5 and help the WiX virtual team validate that this build is ready to be declared the final WiX v3.5 build. Here are a couple of links to help get you started:
I’m a little late posting this information since the book was released at the end of December, 2010, but my co-workers Tom Miller and Dean Johnson wrote a book titled XNA Game Studio 4.0 Programming: Developing for Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360, and one of my other co-workers, Shawn Hargreaves, wrote the foreword for the book.
You can find more information about the book at the following locations:
I got a copy of this book last week, and now I need to remember to go find Tom, Dean and Shawn and get them to autograph it.
XNA Game Studio 4.0 and the XNA Framework 4.0 introduced several breaking API changes. They are described at a high-level in the documentation and some of them are described in more detail on Shawn Hargreaves’ blog. These breaking changes present challenges to developers when they try to upgrade their games from XNA Game Studio 3.0 or 3.1 to 4.0. XNA Game Studio 4.0 includes a built-in upgrade wizard that will upgrade 3.0 and 3.1 projects to 4.0, but the upgrade process only updates meta-data in the project files (such as .csproj and .contentproj). Like the upgrade wizards for other Visual Studio project types, it does not attempt to make any changes to the code in the projects. This is because it can be difficult to reliably tell what the intent is of a given piece of code, and in many cases there are multiple options that could be valid solutions for breaking changes.
Fortunately, someone recently posted a cheat sheet with more details to help map compile errors that can occur after upgrading a 3.0 or 3.1 game to 4.0 to the options that you have to update your code so it will compile successfully with 4.0. If you are running into any issues fixing your game to react to breaking changes in XNA Game Studio 4.0, I encourage you to take a look at the cheat sheet at http://www.nelxon.com/blog/xna-3-1-to-xna-4-0-cheatsheet/.