WiX Working Group Video of the night, attack of the drunk code monkeys.

As I'm sure you are aware, Microsoft provides free drinks. Since we gather weekly at Building 37, it is just a short walk to one of the kitchens on the floor when someone gets thirsty. On their way out the door that person will often call out, "Drinks?" Tonight's video of the night goes out to Eric St. John and all the other code monkeys out there.

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WiX, Mercurial, TortoiseHg and the command line.

wixthg Bob posted a blog entry how to use TortoiseHg to access the WiX source code on CodePlex. I thought the blog post was great but suffered from one fundamental flaw. It required you to do a whole bunch of mouse clicking. Here's how to get into the WiX toolset source code using the command-line.

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WiX v3.5 UI library supports 30+ languages.

There was a small change made to the WiX toolset recently that added dialogs to the WixUI library that are shown when patching. That part of the change was straight forward, the tricky part was that the dialog needed to support all the existing languages or the patch UI could come up in a different language (English) than the initial install. Fortunately, the Office Communications Server team (who was adding the patch dialog) was willing to localize the dialogs in all languages they support, 30+ of them. That's good news but there is some bad news.

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WiX Working Group video of the night, pigeon impossible.

This is was video I found a long while ago and stuck it into the queue for a night when we just need something kinda' cool and kinda' cute. The animation is pretty good and the story is amusing. It isn't quite Pixar level work but the fact that I'm even willing to make the comparison says a lot about this animation. Besides who doesn't love a short spy story?

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