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Introduction to the WiX Toolset

by Matthew Clendening

This course will provide you with a complete introduction to the WiX Toolset and Windows Installer.

What you'll learn

The WiX Toolset is an open source tool for creating Windows Installer packages. It offers complete access to all the features provided by Windows Installer, but in a pragmatic, programmer-oriented way.

This course provides a primer on Windows Installer technology, and then gets you up to speed on the WiX Toolset. You will learn how to:

  • Create Windows installer packages
  • Take advantage of WiX extensions
  • Plan for product upgrades
  • Create an installation bootstrapper for installing your application and all its prerequisites
Join me and learn all about the Windows Installer XML (Wix) toolset today!

Course FAQ

What is WiX Toolset?

Windows Installer XML (WiX) Toolset is a software that builds Windows Installer packages from XML source code. It's a free, open source toolset that lets developers create installers for Windows Installer.

What will I learn about WiX Toolset in this course?

This WiX Toolset course will provide you with a complete introduction to the WiX Toolset and Windows Installer. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Installing WiX
  • The WiX Toolset and WiX components
  • What is Windows Installer
  • Windows Installer packages, codes, features, and components
  • Creating Installation packages with the WiX Toolset
  • Creating a WiX project
  • Creating a Bootstrapper
  • Much more
Who should take this course?

Anyone who wants to learn WiX Toolset for creating Windows Installer packages should take this course. If you want to create Windows Installage packages, take advantage of WiX extensions, or plan product upgrades, this is the course for you.

Are there prerequisites to this course?

This course is an introduction to WiX Toolset, so no prior experience with this specific software is required. However, the course is also an intermediate level, so come ready to focus and pay close attention.

About the author

Having been bitten by the computer bug early with a TI-99/4a, Matthew is a software and technology enthusiast. Since graduating as a mechanical engineer, he’s has spent nearly two decades developing software in the aerospace industry. Professionally, he’s focused mostly on Microsoft technology, and has been involved in many types of projects - from the design of back-end class libraries, WPF-based UI’s, to setup and deployment projects using the WiX Toolset. Matthew lives in southern Maine with ... more

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