[wix-devs] WiX 4.0 Progress Report

Christopher Painter chrpai at iswix.com
Sat Dec 29 06:11:28 PST 2018

I just a quick test using v4.0.0.5918 on Saturday, November 18 2017.   A simple installer ( msi/msm installs one component/folder)   built with out errors but was also missing all if it's UI tables despite having a reference to WixUI_FeatureTree and WiXUIExtension C:\Program Files (x86)\WiX Toolset v4.0\bin\\WixUIExtension.dll.   Also the merge module didn't seem to be merged as the MSI in ORCA didn't show the ModuleSignature table,  FeatureComponents, Components, Directory or CreateFolder entries.

I'll retest whenever I see an updated wix build on the website.

From: Christopher Painter
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2018 7:50 AM
To: WiX Toolset Developer Mailing List
Cc: Edwin Castro
Subject: Re: [wix-devs] WiX 4.0 Progress Report


I have a tool that uses wix v3.  I added v4 support to it years ago (Sep 2015) but it was never fully validated because while the XML it generated passed validation, light threw errors at the time.   I finally have the ability to create complete builds of v3 but haven't attempted v4 with it's new micro repos structure.  I haven't tested it since and I notice the last weekly build is 13 months old so there wouldn't be much point of me testing right now.

I don't know the roadmap to be honest.   I would like to know when to expect v4 to be mostly feature complete so I can get a drop and figure out where my tool stands with v4.   If I can make any needed adjustments I will.  If not, I might remove v4 support and declare my tool to be compatible with "wix classic" only.

From: wix-devs <wix-devs-bounces at lists.wixtoolset.org> on behalf of Edwin Castro via wix-devs <wix-devs at lists.wixtoolset.org>
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 3:10 PM
To: WiX Toolset Developer Mailing List
Cc: Edwin Castro
Subject: [wix-devs] WiX 4.0 Progress Report

I've been listening in on the various conversations going on for WiX 4.0. I
find those discussions fascinating. The discussion on micro repos got be
wondering if WiX 4.0 progress is getting shared anywhere. I looked through
the blogs listed at http://wixtoolset.org/news/ but they don't generally
News - WiX Toolset<http://wixtoolset.org/news/>
WiX Toolset v3.11 RC2 available 2017/03/28. WiX Toolset v3.11.0.1528 was released as a Release Candidate 2. This release candidate addresses issues found in the first release candidate. Read more about the release at Rob's blog.

contain much information on how much is done nor how much is left.

I'm personally curious on how much is left with the understanding that
things change and what is left can sometimes increase unexpectedly as more
is learned throughout the project. Ultimately, my goal is to get a sense of
when, approximately, WiX 4.0 will become available. Weeks, months,
quarters, years? I don't expect it to be weeks but I'm hoping it is very
unlikely to be years.

There was a time when Rob's blog had posts on stabilization efforts for the
version of WiX under development at the time (v3.6? I can't remember).
Getting a sense of how many bugs were getting added and fixed through time
really helped get sense of when the release might happen. That reminds me
that I should look at open issues. That might help give me a sense of what
is currently planned.

Edwin G. Castro
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