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Cross posted from Brian Rogers: Removing complexity slowly.
As most of you already know, the Windows Installer XML Toolset (WiX) is made to flexible. Most of the tools have the ability to be extended by using your own custom assembly. This is great when you have a custom action, specialized UI, preprocessor or anything else you might need in order to get your product out the door. There is documentation in the WiX help file on how to get going with other extensions but I noticed Heat didn’t have anything of the sort. Here is my stab at getting all of you developers up and running.
The first point to know about Heat would be around the architecture. The entire engine is written to be extensible. The core, which contains one harvester, has its extension set during the command line switch parsing.