Visual Studio 2010 CTP available

As part of the PDC 2008 festivities, the Visual Studio team has released a CTP of Visual Studio 2010. As predicted, the CTP includes a "productization" of WiX, including the core toolset, Votive, and many of the WiX extensions.

Many? Not all? Right; the CTP includes the following extensions:

  • WixIIsExtension
  • WixNetFxExtension
  • WixSqlExtension
  • WixUIExtension
  • WixUtilExtension
  • WixVSExtension

That means, at least in this CTP, the following extensions aren’t included:

  • WixComPlusExtension
  • WixDifxAppExtension
  • WixDirectXExtension
  • WixFirewallExtension
  • WixGamingExtension
  • WixIsolatedAppExtension
  • WixMsmqExtension
  • WixOfficeExtension
  • WixPSExtension

We hope at least some of them will make a reappearance by the time beta rolls around.

The version of WiX included is 3.0.4325 from last month.

Check it out yourself: Download the ~7GB Virtual PC image, make note of the passwords shown on the download page, run the self-extractor to extract the ~24GB(!) .vhd, and load it in your favorite virtualization software. Take a look at the C:\Program Files\Visual Studio 2010 Windows Installer XML Toolkit CTP directory.

The Visual Studio folks working on shipping WiX hang out in their own CTP forum. Check out Candy’s intro thread.

4 thoughts on “Visual Studio 2010 CTP available”

  1. I understand that DevDiv/VS ships the VHD’s because the setup experience isn’t fully baked, but I also know that I saw WiX in Programs/Features when I booted up the VHD.

    Does the votive in that build depend on 2010 or would it work on 2008? If the answer is the latter, any chance that DevDiv or the WiX team could release the MSI that was used to build the VHD?

  2. Now that I’ve had a chance to come home and play….

    I see the SetupCache folder but I don’t see DTF. That’s kind of suprising considering that DTF is probably one of the most mature pieces of code in all of WiX.

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