[wix-devs] Static libraries across VS versions

Rob Mensching rob at firegiant.com
Sun Dec 5 16:07:49 PST 2021

Frist, yay! My votes:

1. Yes.
2. No.
3. Yes (I've been working with WiX solely from VS2022 for a while now, everything is working well)

So `v143` for everything?

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Subject: [wix-devs] Static libraries across VS versions

I'll open an issue but wanted to get a head start. I gave myself the action item (oh god, I can't believe I just said that) to investigate whether we could build our static libraries with the latest VS and use them "down-level" on earlier versions of VS. The answer...

...is yes, we can. I built DUtil with VS2022 and with some tweak to the nupkeg was able to consume it from a project originally built with VS2019 and subsequently built with VS2017. It's not an exhaustive test - console, string, proc -- but I suspect that it was more of a pass/fail test.


  1.  Should we do this? (I vote +1.)
  2.  Should we do this now, with VS2019 as the baseline?
  3.  Should we decide now to use VS2022 as the baseline?

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