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Just upgraded to Verizon FiOS from Comcast Blast

I've been using Comcast PowerBoost (6Mbps download / 768 Kbs upload) for about a year and have been...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/30/2008

Script# wins a Microsoft Engineering Excellence award

I've been using Script# professionally for more than a year now and am also on the Script# virtual...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/05/2008

How to escape a leading # within the C preprocessor

This is probably a no-brainer for most people, but for some reason I banged my head against the wall...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/22/2008

Changing the file extension of WiX extensions from .dll to .wixext (Revisited)

In one of my last blog posts I wrote about how we would be changing the file extension of WiX...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/03/2008

Hilarious video about what it's like to work here at Microsoft

This is a pretty realistic video of what it's like to work here. :)...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/13/2008

Changing the file extension of WiX extensions from .dll to .wixext

We will be doing a change that will probably affect most users of WiX v3, so I wanted to get this...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/13/2008

Complete list of Candle preprocessor variables

Some people have asked about this in the past on the wix-users mailing list, so I thought I'd just...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 01/29/2008

This is one way for Google to make Microsoft look bad...

I thought this was a pretty amusing blog entry...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 12/22/2007

How to use Extensions in Votive (IIS or UI extensions, for example)

It seems we have this question pop up a few times a week on the wix-users mailing list, so I thought...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/19/2007

SyncToy 1.4 and Vista 64-bit (x64) Error

I use the extremely useful SyncToy to mirror my data between various machines at home. However, it...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/19/2007

Excel Services is a "game changer"

Richard McAniff, one of our corporate vice presidents in Office, had some interesting stuff to say...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/18/2007

London Stock Exchange is Using Excel Services

Cool! http://windowsfs.com/eNews/tabid/112/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/2073/Default.aspx

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/12/2007

Job Openings on My Team

My team (Excel Server) is currently hiring developers. It's a great team to work on and we do some...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/13/2007

New Excel Services forum on MSDN

If you ever have any Excel Services questions, feel free to use the new forum on MSDN to post your...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 01/10/2007

It's nice to see the community responding well to Excel Services

Here's a nice article written about Excel Services:...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 12/20/2006

Handy little Visual Studio shortcut key for Wix/Votive developement

If you use Visual Studio to edit your Wix projects (either using Votive or just the plain XML...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 11/16/2006

Missing project/item template files after installing Votive

I recently installed Votive on Vista and noticed that the project templates weren't showing up when...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 11/16/2006

Windows Vista RC2 has been released

I've been running RC1 for a little while now and I have been converted to Vista! It is very nice....

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/08/2006

Updated the Votive page on wix.sourceforge.net

We've been missing information about Votive on our official WiX web page, so I updated the web site....

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 10/02/2006

SharpDevelop now supports WiX projects

Matt Ward has released a WiX setup project to SharpDevelop that looks pretty slick. It's got a lot...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/23/2006

How to embed resources using a different namespace in a C# project

Have you ever wanted to embed a resource in your managed assembly but didn't like the default name...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/20/2006

Votive installation requires ProjectAggregator2.msi

When you try to install Votive v3 you'll probably see a dialog box that says something like "To...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/18/2006

Votive v3 has been released!!

Well, after many weeks of work, I've finally checked in Votive v3. It is now available after any...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/16/2006

How to use MSBuild for your WiX projects without installing Votive or Visual Studio

I got an interesting question today from a person reading my blog, so I thought I'd answer the...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/14/2006

Update on Votive v3

It's been a while since I blogged and I've been lax about keeping people up to date about the status...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/18/2006

Robert Scoble visits our Wix night

The Scobleizer visited our weekly Wix night last night. He took a picture but both K and I got...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/08/2006

How to get IntelliSense for WiX in Visual Studio 2003 and 2005

There have been a couple people to blog about this already (one is here), but I wanted to point out...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 12/23/2005

A nice little article about defensive programming

Shahar Prish, one of my fellow teammates on the Excel Server (now called Excel Services by...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 12/16/2005

Excel Server finally goes public!!!

I can now reveal what project I am working on here in Office. Excel Server finally went public...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/15/2005

Moving the WiX toolset to NAnt builds

As many of you may know, we've had two different builds for the WiX toolset: one for the external...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/09/2005

Validation of the Votive Roadmap

I've gotten a lot of validation for the roadmap I laid out in my last blog entry via the wix-devs...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/02/2005

Roadmap of Votive

What is Votive and where is it going? Well, first of all you should probably understand what WiX is....

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/30/2005

Introductions

Well, I'm now a certified MSDN blogger. I've been meaning to do this for a long time, but just...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 07/28/2005