[wix-devs] Burn Variable breaking changes
bob at firegiant.com
Fri Jun 26 11:22:50 PDT 2020
I can't speak to managed BAs but in general, it seems like the BA would know about the variables it's querying or, if not, wouldn't care about the underlying type.
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Does Variable/@Literal just work? I'd have to think about the implications.
There'd be a bit on the Variable saying it's Literal, and there's also the existing bit on the Variant saying the value's Literal. I'm not sure if there needs to be support for asking whether the variable is a literal string. Which is why I brought 5319 into this discussion. If we don't need or want to add the ability for the BA to query the current type of a variable, then I'll probably get rid of the separate collections.
On Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 2:16 AM Bob Arnson <bob at firegiant.com> wrote:
> On 4863, I'm a little leery of trying to make thmutil too smart; if
> the bundle authoring can express the intent
> (Variable/@Literal="yes"?), then I'd say that's probably the better option.
> On 5319, I don't know enough about managed BAs to say much, but I've
> always found it weird that the different variable types are exposed in
> different collections, even if it makes sense when using them.
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> I'd like to design the following issues so I know which ones require a
> breaking change:
> 4763 added the ability for Burn to set a variable as a literal string.
> I think it's pretty straightforward to expose VariableSetLiteralString
> to the BA. Doesn't seem to be a breaking change.
> 4863 is about wixstdba (through thmutil) allowing an editbox to be
> either a literal string or a formatted string. If it's a literal
> string, then the value should not be expanded when populating the
> editbox. If it's a formatted string, then the value should be expanded
> when populating the editbox. Should thmutil ask for a
> SetLiteralStringVariable callback and the editbox is configured as
> literal/formatted in the theme? Or can a variable be authored as a
> literal string (so thmutil and wixstdba won't be aware that they're
> setting a literal string, the Burn engine will just handle it)? Making
> thmutil format the variable when populating the editbox is a breaking change, but adding the literal support doesn't seem to be breaking.
> 5319 is about the managed BootstrapperEngine implementation where it
> exposes StringVariables, NumericVariables, and VersionVariables. The
> complaint is that calling NumericVariables.Contains("StringVariableA")
> returns true even though the variable is actually a string and not a
> number. Do we remove the Contains method from all 3 and provide a
> single Contains method so it doesn't imply that the variable is of the
> requested type? Or does Burn provide a way to expose what the current
> type of a variable is? Either way sounds like a breaking change.
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