[wix-devs] WiX 4.0 Progress Report

Christopher Painter chrpai at iswix.com
Sat Jan 5 14:35:55 PST 2019

The thing I privately wonder is how seamless and valuable v4 will be for me as a user. When I first heard of v4 5 years ago some of the original concepts seemed so radical that I thought I’d be longing for a wix classic fork. A 3.12 if you will. 

Updating iswix to support v3 and v4 schema side by side was fairly painless. Everything seems to still work in that an msi does build. I won’t know for sure until we get to the end of the line though. 

I don’t always know my availability to work on iswix also and that is why I’ve been trying to get some of the testing and work done now. 

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> On Jan 5, 2019, at 4:26 PM, Rob Mensching via wix-devs <wix-devs at lists.wixtoolset.org> wrote:
> I wish we were at the point that I could essentially countdown the issues for WiX v4 release.
> I do need write a summary of WiX v4 since the goalposts have moved quite a bit since the last time I blogged about it.
> Bob will scoff at any timeline I put out since much of WiX v4's progress is dependent on our load at FireGiant. The more FireGiant customers that ask for WiX v4, the more resources we put towards accelerating its completion.
> At this point, I think an "early adopter preview" is likely in the next 6 months. Feedback will then tell us how far we are from production status.
> Major version transitions are extremely challenging. WiX v2 to v3 felt exactly the same. Users want us to focus on maintaining v3 but to move the WiX Toolset forward we need to focus on v4. 
> In a few months, I expect (maybe it's simply hope) details are regularly shared here how to test private builds of WiX v4.
> At the same time, the answer to WIX v3 questions will regularly be, "No, it is or will be addressed in v4."
> (I will eventually turn this into a blog post, but all of my nonessential tasks are currently postponed to after mid-February)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: wix-devs <wix-devs-bounces at lists.wixtoolset.org> On Behalf Of Edwin Castro via wix-devs
> Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 1:10 PM
> To: WiX Toolset Developer Mailing List <wix-devs at lists.wixtoolset.org>
> Cc: Edwin Castro <egcastr at gmail.com>
> 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
> 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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