Help Wanted...

Topics: Developer Forum
Coordinator
Aug 17, 2006 at 8:59 PM
Until this point I have been the single owner of the project. The vision and its goals have been derived from my experience working with large scale releases. Knowingly the application does not conform to all the best practices for Windows Installer and WiX. I would like to make it so over time. So I am looking for a few good people to help me out. Please let me know if you are interested.

Thanks,

Brian
May 17, 2007 at 11:43 PM
Brian,

This might be a little late, but I am interested in what you proposed. If you are still working on this (which it doesn't appear that you are), or have joined another project that is doing something similar I would be interested to talk more about it.

Thanks,
Craig

Coordinator
Jun 12, 2007 at 7:41 PM
Edited Jun 12, 2007 at 7:42 PM
Hey Craig,

Sorry for the delayed response. I am interested in furthering the project but have not had the time or outside interest to pursue it. What did you have in mind?


cscambpell wrote:
Brian,

This might be a little late, but I am interested in what you proposed. If you are still working on this (which it doesn't appear that you are), or have joined another project that is doing something similar I would be interested to talk more about it.

Thanks,
Craig



Sep 12, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Hello there! 

 

Now I know this post is REALLY late, but unfortunatly I havent discovered this project until yesterday. Discovering this project was a bit funny because a month later (september 2006) I rolled out another project which is ment to solve more or less same problems as this one. While the implementetation, design, way of thinking is different between the projects, I could see a possibility of a even better solution if we could combine our knowledge on this field. That is of course if you are still interested, my project is unfortunatly written (and in use) for the software company I currently work for, but as time goes and experience grows, I have some new ideas on how to solve problems better. Please contact me if this sounds interesting.

 

Thanks,

Pendjo

Coordinator
Sep 12, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Hey Pendjo,

There is definately a lot of growth in this space. My goal is to move a lof this concept to the heat.exe tool in the WiX toolset for v4.0. It is reconized that the previous automation tool and the heat.exe tool do not provide the level of robustness that is required. As you know, getting this right and being compliant with component rules and all the other fun stuff that comes with Windows Installer is difficult. Another tool doing some similar stuff is Parrifin3. The goal is to get to nearly 100% compliance for the next release of the heat.exe tool (released in WiX 4.0). I am currently working on projects in Microsoft that require this level of large scale automation. If you haven't already done so, it would be great to have you involved in the WiX community. Your input through feature requests and bugs in the WiX 4.0 timespace would VERY valuable.

There is also some work happening in the WiX 3.5 timeframe. Some of this work is going into Wix-Contrib which is hosted on codeplex as well. In the near future I will be opening up a dialog with the community to get feature specifications and all the other goodness in order to start coding. More important than code, like you mentioned above, is the ideas and feature requirements. How this should plug into build environments and all that wild stuff is what needs to get written down. I am also targeting a much more flexible customization extension process. It would be great to see a group come up around those for custom situations.

My blog is http://blogs.msdn.com/icumove. As mentioned, in the near future I will be asking for some subject matter specialists to give me their feedback and requirements. Hope to see you there and get this information to a larger audiance!

Thanks,

Brian Rogers

Sep 13, 2009 at 8:50 AM
icpenguins wrote:

Hey Pendjo,

There is definately a lot of growth in this space. My goal is to move a lof this concept to the heat.exe tool in the WiX toolset for v4.0. It is reconized that the previous automation tool and the heat.exe tool do not provide the level of robustness that is required. As you know, getting this right and being compliant with component rules and all the other fun stuff that comes with Windows Installer is difficult. Another tool doing some similar stuff is Parrifin3. The goal is to get to nearly 100% compliance for the next release of the heat.exe tool (released in WiX 4.0). I am currently working on projects in Microsoft that require this level of large scale automation. If you haven't already done so, it would be great to have you involved in the WiX community. Your input through feature requests and bugs in the WiX 4.0 timespace would VERY valuable.

There is also some work happening in the WiX 3.5 timeframe. Some of this work is going into Wix-Contrib which is hosted on codeplex as well. In the near future I will be opening up a dialog with the community to get feature specifications and all the other goodness in order to start coding. More important than code, like you mentioned above, is the ideas and feature requirements. How this should plug into build environments and all that wild stuff is what needs to get written down. I am also targeting a much more flexible customization extension process. It would be great to see a group come up around those for custom situations.

My blog is http://blogs.msdn.com/icumove. As mentioned, in the near future I will be asking for some subject matter specialists to give me their feedback and requirements. Hope to see you there and get this information to a larger audiance!

Thanks,

Brian Rogers

 

Its always a pleasure to contribute to something valuable. It's very exciting to watch Wix develop and get integrated (and thus approved) in bigger projects like Visual studio. Guess I'm going to head out to your blog and wix-contrib to do a little bit of catching up on information before I target you people with new questions / feature suggestions. Thank you very much for the information.

 

Pendjo