Automating deployment – Building MSI Installers using wix

It is generally considered poor form to have to have Visual Studio installed on your build machine as you should be able to build your product without a dependency on the IDE. I was informed that the Visual Studio Setup and Deployment Projects (used to create the msi files) can not yet be compiled and linked without the use of Visual Studio. With this understanding, we used wix to perform the automated build of the windows installers. After downloading the binaries and reading the help and getting started tutorial we had a completely automated  build and deployment process. This took less than 3 hours to get up and running. Definitely a delight.

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