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  • Blog Post: Changing the file extension of WiX extensions from .dll to .wixext (Revisited)

    In one of my last blog posts I wrote about how we would be changing the file extension of WiX extensions from .dll to .wixext. Well, it turns out that we won't be doing it for technical reasons. A WiX extension is really just a .NET assembly with an embedded XSD and wixlib. While it's technically possible...
  • Blog Post: Changing the file extension of WiX extensions from .dll to .wixext

    We will be doing a change that will probably affect most users of WiX v3, so I wanted to get this blog post out in the community to notify people of the upcoming change. Within the next few weeks we will be changing the file extension of WiX extensions from .dll to .wixext. There are several reasons...
  • Blog Post: Complete list of Candle preprocessor variables

    Some people have asked about this in the past on the wix-users mailing list, so I thought I'd just put it here so it's on the web searches. (We really need to do an overhaul on our WiX home page ). This is just copied verbatim from the Wix.chm file. [Edit]: By the way, this list applies to Votive...
  • Blog Post: How to use Extensions in Votive (IIS or UI extensions, for example)

    It seems we have this question pop up a few times a week on the wix-users mailing list, so I thought I'd add something here as another reference when people are searching the web. Thanks to Aaron Stebner for writing this entry in our WiX.chm file, available as part of the WiX releases (>= 3.0.3419...
  • Blog Post: Handy little Visual Studio shortcut key for Wix/Votive developement

    If you use Visual Studio to edit your Wix projects (either using Votive or just the plain XML editor), you may be interested in this handy little shortcut key. If you turn on pedantic checking for your WiX files, one of the warnings will be about having mixed-case GUIDs. The easy fix is to select the...
  • Blog Post: Updated the Votive page on wix.sourceforge.net

    We've been missing information about Votive on our official WiX web page, so I updated the web site. You can check it out at http://wix.sourceforge.net/votive.html . It also has some screen shots.
  • Blog Post: Robert Scoble visits our Wix night

    The Scobleizer visited our weekly Wix night last night . He took a picture but both K and I got robbed. K's laptop is on the left side of the picture and I'm behind Robert taking the picture. :) Oh well, maybe we'll be in the video when it appears on Channel 9 .
  • Blog Post: How to get IntelliSense for WiX in Visual Studio 2003 and 2005

    There have been a couple people to blog about this already (one is here ), but I wanted to point out that Visual Studio 2003 and Visual Studio 2005 are different in how you get IntelliSense working for WiX files. For both you have to copy the wix.xsd file to a specified directory. Visual Studio 2003...
  • Blog Post: Moving the WiX toolset to NAnt builds

    As many of you may know, we've had two different builds for the WiX toolset : one for the external world (i.e. SourceForge), and the other for the developers working on WiX inside of Microsoft. These two builds were different enough to mess things up from time to time, and at the very least was annoying...
  • Blog Post: Announcing a new WiX project: Sconce

    Although I'm still planning at this point to use the new VS SDK 2005 MPF classes , I want to continue to support the current Votive VS 2003 version for a little while. I at least want to clean up some bugs and make it a little more robust before moving on. To help me in this endeavor, I've created...
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