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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.

Categories: WiX