WiX Cookbook

Over 60 hands-on recipes jam-packed with assistance and tips to increase your home windows installations

About This Book

  • Build WiX initiatives inside visible Studio, as a part of a continuous-integration construct procedure and from the command-line
  • Install, configure and populate relational databases up entrance to enrich your application
  • Automate your day by day management projects similar to establishing functionality counters and exceptions to the home windows firewall

Who This e-book Is For

If you're a developer with an exceptional realizing of WiX tasks and want to extra discover complex WiX themes, this e-book is for you. To get the main out of this e-book, wisdom of right XML syntax is recommended.

What you'll Learn

  • Install web content, program swimming pools, and digital directories in IIS
  • Add a wizard on your installer and customise it along with your personal dialogs
  • Set up new consumer debts, upload safeguard teams, and safe records and folders on installation
  • Prevent deployment to unsupported structures through the use of release conditions
  • Update XML documents in the course of installation
  • Configure shortcuts in your application
  • Include necessities with a bootstrapper
  • Create customized activities utilizing C#
  • Add surroundings variables to the system

In Detail

WiX is a dialect of XML used to make installers for home windows. Its declarative variety avoids the complexity and obstacles of procedural code, giving you every thing you want to package deal up a complete software right into a unmarried MSI file.

This ebook delivers an outstanding evaluate of WiX's features to strengthen your personal installer applications with functionalities past these on hand in home windows Installer. within the recipes of this ebook, one can find ways that WiX can diminish in your deploy time and assist you streamline your deployment approaches. you will find tips on how to make personalized installer UIs, write customized activities, create shortcuts, and likewise set your program because the default for a dossier type.

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If it cannot, the deploy is instantly stopped prior to the person can pass to any extent further. for instance, we probably want to hinder the set up if the person does not have the required model of . internet put in. during this recipe, we will just do that by way of including a situation that exams for . web Framework four. five. home windows eight comes with . web four. five preinstalled, yet home windows 7 does not. we will be able to use NetFxExtension to ascertain no matter if . web four. five is preinstalled, and if it really is lacking, a message is displayed telling the consumer that the set up can't proceed. a pleasant factor approximately release stipulations is the facility to teach the person a caution message explaining what went mistaken. preparing To start, practice the subsequent steps: Create a brand new setup undertaking and identify it LaunchConditionInstaller. upload a connection with NetFxExtension by means of right-clicking at the References node in answer Explorer and going so as to add Reference... | WixNetFxExtension. dll | upload | okay. upload a PropertyRef point that has an identity of NETFRAMEWORK45. this may pass contained in the Product point and provides us entry to that estate, that's outlined within the WixNetFxExtension. dll library: the way to do it... Use a aspect to avoid the install from carrying on with if its conditional assertion evaluates to fake. the subsequent steps exhibit tips on how to do it: upload a situation aspect contained in the Product aspect. Its Message characteristic defines what the person will see if the situation is false: contained in the situation aspect, upload the conditional assertion. to avoid any characters within the assertion from being parsed as XML, encompass it with CDATA tags. the next instance makes use of the NETFRAMEWORK45 estate that is outlined in NetFxExtension to examine no matter if . web four. five is put in. It additionally makes use of the put in estate to make sure the is barely checked in the course of a first-time installation: bring together and run the installer on a working laptop or computer that doesn't have the . web Framework four. five to work out the caution message, as proven within the following screenshot: the way it works... The situation aspect creates a release situation in our installer. If the assertion nested within evaluates to fake, then our caution message could be exhibited to the person and the deploy will cease. This payment occurs very early within the install procedure, even ahead of a UI wizard has been proven. So, it cannot be used to validate a user's enter. despite the fact that, it could actually cost for the model of the working process, no matter if a selected model of software program is put in, or the other payment that is determined by details already found in the procedure. during this instance, we hunted for a estate referred to as NETFRAMEWORK45, that is purely set if the . web Framework four. five is current. when you have been to maintain a log of the set up, you'll see that the NETFRAMEWORK45 estate is determined to a liberate quantity if it is came across, proven as follows: MSI (c) (F4:60) [17:27:51:193]: estate swap: including NETFRAMEWORK45 estate.

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