WiX v3.10 Release Candidate 2 build available

After shipping “the” WiX v3.10 release candidate back in June, we finished off a couple of features that required us to wait for Visual Studio 2015 RTM to be released. We also took a couple of trivial, small, and minor changes. So it’s time for another release candidate, to make sure WiX v3.10 is ready to ship.

Download it here.

If you find a bug, please report it as soon as possible.

Update: Here’s what Rob has to say about RC2.

Here’s what happened since RC1:

WiX v3.10 Release Candidate build available

The WiX v3.10 Release Candidate build is now available! The focus of the WiX v3.10 release is supporting Visual Studio 2015 and Windows 10. As anticipated — almost like it was intentional — we’ve also fixed a number of bugs and implemented a small number of small features, but nothing big or risky.

We’re now ramping up the bug bar on WiX v3.10. That means bugs have to be really serious to get approved for v3.10. Don’t let that stop you from reporting bugs–we have plenty of numbers left in the v3.x series.

The plan for the RTM release of WiX v3.10 is to wait. Windows 10 ships 29-July and presumably Visual Studio 2015 ships shortly thereafter. As soon as Visual Studio 2015 RTM ships, we’ll put out a call for eyes to take a look and help verify that WiX continues to work with the RTM bits as expected. We’ll allow a short time to get feedback, then declare RTM.

Please download the RC release and help us get v3.10 across the finish line!

The WiX Tutorial has a new home

Gábor started the WiX Tutorial during the WiX v2.0 days. (Ah, we were all so young, then.) Over the years, the tutorial has grown to cover WiX v3.x and built a localization project to help contribute localizations to the WiX project.

Now the WiX Tutorial has moved to FireGiant. Take a look at the blog post I wrote to announce it. Then take a look at the tutorial itself. And do let us know what you’d like to see in the tutorial going forward!

FireGiant’s new blog

Take a look.

At FireGiant, we’ve been wanting to talk about some of the things we’re doing with and for WiX. It turns out, sometimes 140 characters aren’t enough. Rob blogged about the refresh of the FireGiant Web site. My contribution was the first (of many, many) posts in the blog Setup Matters.

Setup Matters represents two concepts: We’re going to talk about setup because setup is important. These aren’t new concepts, if you’ve been following along these past 11 years or so.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be summarizing the weekly(ish) WiX online meetings on Setup Matters.

Subscribe so you don’t miss out on anything interesting.

On joining FireGiant

I’m beyond excited to announce that I’ve joined FireGiant. Rob, CEO and co-founder of FireGiant, has known me for more than 10 years—plenty of time to get to know my strengths, my motivations, and my amusing quirks (what others might call peculiarities).

So when he appeals to all three by offering me a job where wearing pants is optional, how could I refuse?

(Note 1: I don’t mean to imply that Rob opened by mentioning the no-pants thing. I mean, it would’ve been perfect if he had, but I want the record to be clear.)

(Note 2: It’s likely that pants are optional only because FireGiant is a distributed company—unannounced drop-ins are unlikely. And as long as I keep my webcam pointed in the right direction, nobody’s going to know anyway.)

I’ll be working on FireGiant’s service offerings like support and custom development. Other things are on tap and I look forward to talking about them when the time is right.

Changes to my work on WiX

On the one hand, there are none.

I’ll continue to act as the release manager for WiX v3.10 and any other future releases we do in the v3.x series. I’ll keep participating in the WiX online meetings, wix-users and wix-devs threads, and even StackOverflow.

I’ll also continue to contribute bug fixes and features to WiX, just like I’ve been doing for the past 10 years.

10 years.

Wow.

Where was I? Oh yeah…On the other hand, however, being part of FireGiant will have numerous benefits for my work on WiX.

Most of my best (in my humble opinion) contributions to WiX came from my day-to-day work using WiX and finding a need that was best solved inside the WiX toolset. For example, while working on Flight Simulator, I needed firewall exceptions and while working on App-V, I wanted to simplify major upgrade authoring.

Day-to-day exposure to those kinds of problems makes me a better WiX contributor and a better project leader. I’m looking forward to getting more of that exposure than I’ve gotten in my own consulting and freelancing since resigning from Microsoft four years ago. (Really? Four? Time flies and all that.)

One size fits all

I’m excited to join FireGiant not only because FireGiant is a great fit for me and not only because I’m a great fit for FireGiant—I mean, really, who wouldn’t want me to be on call as their own personal WiX expert?!—but also because I believe FireGiant is a great fit for WiX.

For 10 years, I’ve loved being part of a small team of volunteers working on WiX. And I recognize that for WiX to keep growing, to be viable in any organization regardless of spot or lack thereof on the Fortune 500, some people need to be able to rely on a guarantee of support. FireGiant provides that and I’m thrilled to support WiX in that way too.