Scott Hanselman

XML sucks less than Regular Expressions, ya think?

April 05, 2004 Comment on this post [1] Posted in XML | Tools
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Rock on.  And it's well timed, as I was just feeling ill about my previous MSI building solution.

On Monday, April 5, 2004, as part of the Shared Source Initiative, Microsoft releases the source code for the Windows Installer XML (WiX) developer tool to SourceForge under the IBM Common Public License or CPL.

Background Details:

  • The Windows Installer XML (WiX - pronounced "wicks") is a toolset for advanced Windows developers that builds Windows installation packages from XML source code. Overall, WiX can improve the process of how software developers release software.
  • Many Microsoft product development teams use WiX to deliver their installation packages. Utilizing the 1.0 Common Language Runtime, WiX builds with Visual Studio.Net 2003 on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and will be of use with future Windows offerings.
    [FrankArr - MSDN]

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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April 06, 2004 21:34
Yes, but the sweet spot is parsing XML with Regular Expressions. Think of what a sucky solution you can create now! :-)

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