Visual Studio ships the WiX toolset.

Today Visual Studio released the Microsoft Visual Studio Team System code name "Rosario" November 2007 CTP. "Rosario" builds on Visual Studio Team System 2008 to enhance the collaboration between developers and needs of the business, plus increasing application quality and testing support. Now that you've heard the standard marketing pitch, I'm sure you are wondering why I am pointing to a random preview of functionality from the Visual Studio team.

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WiX editors.

I've had a number of people ask me lately if there were any editors for the WiX toolset. This question surprised me because I thought the common WiX editors were easily found in one search query. Turns out neither query really covered the list of WiX editors that I often heard bandied about so I thought I'd write them down here.

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WiX v3 on the road to .NET Framework 2.0.

A couple weeks ago I sent out a proposal to move the WiX v3 toolset to the .NET Framework 2.0. There wasn't much of a response but those that did were positive towards the proposal. I think most people just assumed that the WiX toolset required the .NET Framework 2.0 already. I also think that most developers have already adopted the 2.0 CLR so the dependency is no big deal. Finally, I also expect those developers still building on the .NET Framework 1.1 are probably using the WiX v2 toolset.

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Model View Presenter links

Some of you may be wondering why I went MIA for for about 8 weeks. Obviously, I got busy. There were two forces sucking up all my time over the last couple months. The largest one was a complete rewrite of the some of the functionality in the digital locker. The existing code base in the digital locker (and pretty much all of Windows Marketplace) is extremely monolithic. As a monolithic block of code it is extremely difficult to fully comprehend, enhance both tactically and strategically and it is completely impossible to unit test.

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