WiX: A Developer's Guide to Windows Installer XML
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- Package your software into a single-file, double-click MSI for easy installation
- Read and write to the Windows Registry and create, start, and stop Windows Services during installation
- Write .NET code that performs specific tasks during installation via custom actions
- Learn how the WiX command-line tools work to build and link your project
- Become proficient with to-the-point examples and real-world advice
Book DetailsLanguage : English
Paperback : 348 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2010
ISBN : 1849513724
ISBN 13 : 9781849513722
Author(s) : Nick Ramirez
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Open Source
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Creating Files and Directories
Chapter 3: Putting Properties and AppSearch to Work
Chapter 4: Improving Control with Launch Conditions and Installed States
Chapter 5: Understanding the Installation Sequence
Chapter 6: Adding a User Interface
Chapter 7: Using UI Controls
Chapter 8: Tapping into Control Events
Chapter 9: Working from the Command Line
Chapter 10: Accessing the Windows Registry
Chapter 11: Controlling Windows Services
Chapter 12: Localizing Your Installer
Chapter 13: Upgrading and Patching
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Errata- 4 submitted: last submission 06 Dec 2012
Errata type: Typo| Page numbers: 287
"The convention is to name each .wxl file the same as the language short string - such as en-us.wxl - of the strings it contains. Following is an example .wxl file that contains several strings localized for English; the 'fill' will be named as en-us.wxl:" should be "The convention is to name each .wxl file the same as the language short string - such as en-us.wxl - of the strings it contains. Following is an example .wxl file that contains several strings localized for English; the 'file' will be named as en-us.wxl:"
Errata type: Typo | Page numbers: 120
The InstallFiles action uses information from the Directory and File tables to copy files and folder into their appropriate locations
The InstallFiles action uses information from the Directory and File tables to copy files and folder into their appropriate location
Errata type: Typo | Page numbers: 160,161
You can, during uninstallation for example, access this property using another type of custom action—one in a C# assembly, which we'll discuss later—by using the ProductInstallation class in you C# code.
should be :
You can, during uninstallation for example, access this property using another type of custom action—one in a C# assembly, which we'll discuss later—by using the ProductInstallation class in your C# code.
Errata type: Technical | Page number: 26
"You can specify a full or absolute path with the Source attribute." should be "You can specify a relative or absolute path with the Source attribute."
What you will learn from this book
- Install, start, stop, and uninstall Windows Services at the time of setup
- Make your project more modular with Fragments, ComponentRefs, and ComponentGroups
- Learn tips for installing special types of files such as font files and how to optimize copying speed
- Prevent users from installing your software on unsupported operating systems and introduce other pre-requisite checks
- Gain an understanding of the order in which events happen during an install and how to add your own actions to this sequence
- Build a customized user interface that meets the unique requirements of your project
- Understand how WiX builds and links your files into the final MSI package and how to control this process
- Read and write to the Windows Registry with XML
- Build various language-specific installers without duplicating large amounts of code
- Create rules for checking for and removing older versions of your software or to patch existing files
WiX is an open source project and a toolset that builds Windows installation packages from XML source code. WiX, which is used internally by Microsoft and by many companies around the World, simplifies many of the installation tasks that used to be shrouded in mystery. The tool set provides a command-line environment that you can integrate into your old-style build processes or you can use the newer technology from inside integrated development environments to build your setup packages. You'll find that you understand your installer better, can create it in less time, and save money in the process. No one really wants to devote a lifetime to understanding how to create a hassle-free installer for any software.
This hands-on guide takes the mystery out of Windows Installer by showing how simple XML elements can be leveraged to create a sophisticated install package. By relying on Microsoft standards, you'll be able to use features like Property elements to customize your application's entry in Add/Remove Programs, the Shortcut element to create Start menu shortcuts, and other specialized elements for building upgrade and patch support and more.
This book will show you the fundamental ingredients needed to build a professional-grade installer using Windows Installer XML. The initial chapters will introduce you to the set of required elements necessary to build a simple installer. We'll then explore those basic elements in more detail and see how best to use them in the real world.In the ensuing chapters, you'll move on to learn about adding conditions that alter what the user can install, then how to add actions to the install sequence and how to author a user interface. We'll move on to advanced topics such as editing data in the Windows Registry, installing a Windows service, and building your project from the command line. Finally, you'll learn to localize your package for different languages and detect older versions during upgrades. Each chapter uses to-the-point examples to illustrate the best way to use the language.
Create a hassle-free installer for your Windows software using WiX
A practical guide, this book provides step-by-step instructions for building your installer, showcasing real-world examples throughout. Its purpose is to get the professional developer building installers in no time without getting bogged down in theory. Numerous references to additional resources are provided so that curious readers can supplement the knowledge they gain here with additional details.
Who this book is for
If you are a developer and want to create installers for software targeting the Windows platform, then this book is for you. You'll be using a lot of XML so that you get accustomed to the basics of writing well-formed documents, using XML namespaces and the dos and don'ts of structuring elements and attributes. You should know your way around Visual Studio, at least enough to compile projects, add project references, and tweak project properties. No prior knowledge of Windows Installer or WiX is assumed.