October 2012 Meeting

Introduction to the Windows Installer XML Toolset

While the new Web Deployment Features have made deployments of .NET Web Applications easier, for other application types (such as WPF, Windows Services, and Windows Forms) Windows Installers (MSI files) are often the best alternative.

Since Visual Studio 2012 no longer provides the Setup Project Type to easily create MSI's .NET developers will need to consider other options. While there are some powerful (and expensive!) commercial products to do this — one free alternative is the Open Source Windows Installer XML Toolset (WiX Toolset).

While WIX has a steep learning curve (as the MSI's themselves are quite complex) WIX is a viable alternative given its strong features set and high level of support. Dan Sniderman will give an introduction to WIX and show how to create an install (and configuration) for a Windows Service, an install for Windows Client (and its shortcut) with considerations for handling configuration files and automated build.


Daniel Sniderman is a Senior Consultant for Magenic, one of the nation's premiere Microsoft Gold Certified Partners. Dan first learned to program FORTRAN in in the late 70's using a keypunch machine and has twenty-eight years of experience in software development. Since 1993, Dan has specialized on developing business applications on the Microsoft platform.

Dan has worked at Magenic since 2004 specializing in customer software development and ALM consulting. In addition to a BA from the University of Illinois, Dan has a MCSD.NET and MCTS in Team Foundation Server 2010.

Dan also is a professional trombonist performing regularly with the B.S. Brass Band and The Prohibition Orchestra of Chicago. Dan has two children: Joella age 6 and Elijah age 2.

When: 2012-10-10 18:00:00

Where: SPR/Redpoint, 233 South Wacker Dr, 35th Floor, Chicago (map)

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