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  • Windows Embedded Team Blog

    MSDN Channel 9 - Windows Embedded: Past, Present, and Future..

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    MSDN Channel 9 recently spent some time with the Windows Embedded team (the desktop/embedded team) discussing Windows Embedded past, present and future. The Windows Embedded Standard product is a componentized version of the desktop operating system – in this video we meet some of the development team for Windows Embedded Standard, get some background on Windows Embedded Standard vs. Windows CE, some of the devices that use Windows Embedded Standard, componentization etc…

    Here’s a link to the MSDN Channel 9 video.

    - Mike

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  • Windows Embedded Team Blog

    WiX Heat Extension: Setting Up a Custom Extension Project

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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.

    Architecture

    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.

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    Right Corner: WiX Heat, Left Corner: Thousands of Files

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    Cross posted from Brian Rogers: Removing complexity slowly.

    With the Windows Installer XML Toolset (WiX) v3.0 on the verge of hitting production more and more people are starting to take a look at it and see what new, cool tools we have. One, of many, new ones is Heat.exe. This tool is the replacement (in many ways) to tallow.exe from the previous release. The tool had a complete rewrite and is able to offer some great new functionality.

    As with every new tool, once someone gets a hold of it they want it to do more. In the case I don’t disagree with them.

    • Was Heat designed to help automate the creation of WiX source? Yes.
    • Was the intention to have Heat gather thousands of files quickly for Setup authors? Yes.
    • Is Heat ready to be placed into an automated build system and generate patch compliant MSI packages? No.
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