More red UI!

After years of being blue, Soma announced that MSDN has finally gone red.

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Subscription required, fortunately they are free.

In an effort to cut down on spam to the WiX mailing lists, I will be flipping the switch to require that you subscribe to the list before being allowed to send mail to it in the next few days. The hope is that the requirement for spammers to respond to a confirmation email will raise the bar high enough that they'll just leave us all alone. I also hope that this requirement doesn't scare off anyone wanting to participate in the WiX community.

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Deployment Tools Foundation joins the WiX toolset.

Back in early 2003, I was learning C# by rewriting WiX v1, which was tens of thousands of lines of VBScript, to create WiX v2. At the same time, Jason Ginchereau was experimenting with C# to create a managed library to interface with the Windows Installer API. I didn't know about Jason's work at the time so we created a very limited interop layer in WiX to communicate with the Windows Installer APIs. Jason, on the other hand, worked until he had covered every aspect of managed code interop with the Windows Installer API plus support for reading/writing Cabinet and Zip files. He named the result the Deployment Tools Foundation (DTF):

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My apology to InstallAware Software Corporation.

Every once in a while I make a mistake where I know I did something wrong but cannot pinpoint the exact problem. These are the worse kind of mistakes because I don't know what I need to learn to avoid repeating the mistake. As a result I often back away from the problem even though leaving the issue un-addressed may be yet another mistake.

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