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Adventures of a Setup Developer my musings about setups and other things in my life December 2004 Entries
Configuration Data is such a Pain
I have finally got my computer to my new house in Bangalore. I dont have access to the internet, so I will essentially by offline. I am yet to install SharpDevelop and .NET Framework SDK v1.1. Hopefully, I should be able to get it done today. I had some time today morning but I was too busy playing NFS Hot Pursuit 2 and Quake 3. (No real souls to frag. Only bots. ) Currently one of our installation packages does something that it should not be doing. It is handling configuration data for several ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 29, 2004 5:16 PM

My 2 cents
If people were following the the WIX-Users Mailing list, they would find that it has been a little hot recently. The first instance (as far as my knowledge goes) was with Michael creating a validation tool for the WIX Toolset called 'smoke'. I personally found it very useful as it could easily be included as a part of the build process. The output is in a structured XML format that makes it easier for us to crunch and build reports. But, some of the members in the group did not share the same level ......

Posted On Thursday, December 23, 2004 4:18 PM

Using an InstallScript application as the setup launcher
This, I guess, is my first InstallShield specific post. MSI is good in a lot of things but not when dealing with more than one package in a single transaction. MSI engine is designed to be run as a single instance and cannot be used effectively to install more than one package. Nested installations are possible but often lead to undesired consequences. Having a setup chainer is good but it involves writing code and handling reboots. So, for all who are using InstallShield DevStudio and up can benefit ......

Posted On Monday, December 13, 2004 5:16 PM

Spying on Registry Entries
I am probably letting out the best kept secret of installation industry. I always used to wonder and have now discovered how most of the installation tools spy on registry entries that are created during COM registration or similar processes without actually affecting the build system. The spying program creates temporary registry keys for each of the registry hives HKCR, HKLM, HKCU, HKU and it maps the registry hives to these temporary registry keys. It then triggers the registration function which ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 1, 2004 8:21 PM

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