Thirteen years at Microsoft.

I'm on paternity leave currently. I hadn't visited Microsoft campus for three weeks now (one week left on leave) until tonight. Tonight, I snuck in under the veil of darkness to drop off 13 lbs. of M&Ms. One pound for each year I've been at Microsoft. I realized now would be a good time to reflect over the last couple years since last year everything I was working on was top secret.

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B is for Bundle and that's good enough for me.

I'm borrowing a bit of Cookie Monster's personal anthem to acknowledge a mistake I think I made several years ago. If you've worked with the WiX toolset for any amount of time, you've undoubtedly caught on to the naming scheme we use for tools. Candle.exe is the compiler so it starts with "C" and light.exe is the linker to it starts with "L". I named Burn, several years ago, because it would be our bootstrapper and that starts with "B". The problem is that Burn is far more than a bootstrapper and for some definitions of bootstrapper it does way too much. So, "B" is for Bundle and Burn and let's talk about what that means.

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WiX v3.6 Release Candidate available.

Today we released WiX v3.6 RC. You may remember that less than two months ago we released "Release Candidate Zero". Well, we are back with fewer bugs than ever before (5) asking for you to download this release and tell us how WiX v3.6 is doing. At this point, the feature are all complete and we expect they just work. So what's left?

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WiX Working Group video of the week, standing behind your product.

Sorry, for missing the last couple weeks of videos. Things have been a bit upside down for a while now. Anyway, this week's video is impressive. How much do you trust your product? Would you stand behind it like this guy? What would your life be like if you did? I think the guy at the end sums it well.

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