Why I Like My Job

June 27, 2008

Recently I've been reflecting on my life's choices. Just a reflective kind of mood, I guess. I chose to become a programmer when I was 18 years old. That was 6.5 years ago, and a pretty young age to make life-changing choices - at least in my country. That choice pretty much set the course for me for the next 9 years, as I was going to study in the university for 3 years and then work in the same place for the following 6 years. That's a lot of burden on 18-year old shoulders. So I got to...

Visual Studio Setup Project Annoyance

June 4, 2008

Lately I've become uncomfortable with the setup project that comes with Visual Studio 2005. We've been using it to deploy a web application and a windows service, and we hit all sorts of snags. For instance: You can only build it inside Visual Studio, so our build server can't produce MSI's for us. You can't attach .bat files to the installation actions, only .vbs files. I really can't understand why. CustomAction parameters syntax is not the prettiest thing. But our latest issue with the setup project had me really puzzled for a while. It involved...
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