Today, we didn't have much to triage but we got a surprise WIP to discuss and Rob gave a brief glimpse of what building patches looks like in WiX v4.
- Burn uses formatting language instead of UI language for localization, from @keithyipkw, asked about UI language support in WixStdBA, the stock bootstrapper application for Burn bundles. @BMurri chimed in to clarify that the
UseUILanguagesfeature that he wrote was designed to prevent a behavior change during the WiX v3.x cycle. In WiX v4, using the UI language is the default.
WIP: .NET Core bootstrapper application host
Sean posted a WiX Improvement Proposal (WIP) and a pull request to support bootstrapper applications build with .NET Core as self-contained deployments. That means you'd be able to write a bootstrapper application in C# with WPF UI without worrying about needing to bootstrap .NET Framework first. Granted, it's about 60MB to get that benefit, but pretty cool nonetheless. Sean's seeking feedback on the wix-devs mailing list.
WiX v4 status report
Rob's been busy reconstructing support for building patches in WiX v4. In WiX v3, you create a (usually small) .wxs file to author your patch metadata, build that with Candle and Light, build transforms with Torch, then combine everything using Pyro. In WiX v4, the patch authoring includes the data needed to build the transforms so the build process is one line:
wix build patch.wxs -out patch.msp.