Gonzo blogging from the Annie Leibovitz of the software development world.

Month: April 2004 (Page 2 of 2)

You guys are the best

First off I really want to thank everyone for sending in emails and commenting on my last news post. I’m very happy to see there’s someone out there (I was beginning to wonder) and that in some capacity my work is useful to you.

For me it was the age old question. If you write a piece of software and nobody uses it, is it really there? Also not being able to actively participate in any chats or online discussions (time just prevents it for me) lets me know what’s working and what isn’t. I’ve learned in the past while that the only successful software created is one written with the user in mind and created using their input. Anyways, enough of the soapbox.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be cleaning up the website and trying to get the backlog of technical papers and information posted that has sat far too long on my hard drive. I’ll be doing a pretty final pass on most of the tools, specifically SimExplorer, and getting those done. I’ll also end these news posts as I don’t consider the site live anymore and will just post updates in the forums or something. Having a blog like this is great, but if there’s nothing to say for weeks on end then it’s not adding much value.

So stuff will be here, stuff will grow, and hopefully we’ll see some interesting things happen with Sims 2 and what others are doing with it. Back in a few weeks with a final news post for this site.

Microsoft and the Open Source prediction

A long time ago, in a blog far, far away a prediction was made. Microsoft would be writing programs for Linux in 2004. Maybe today we’re one step closer to that vision.

Microsoft released the source code for the Windows Installer XML (WiX) developer tool to SourceForge under the IBM Common Public License or CPL. The WiX project is the first Shared Source Initiative to go “public” on Source Forge rather than a Microsoft site. It is also the first to use an externally created Open Source license. Microsoft supports the idea that a software developer should be free to choose how they license their work and for the goals of WiX, the CPL was the right fit. This does open up the creation of MSI type install packages and possibly will bridge the problem of cross-platform tools that need to install on Linux, Windows, and Mac. All someone has to do now is write an MSI installer for the “other” platforms and they’ll be a tool to build the installation package from a single XML file spec. Nice and slick and makes for installing software a breeze (especially if you count the cost of a package like Wise or InstallShield that Open Source projects can’t afford).

An interesting quote from the lead developer, Rob Mensching’s blog: “Today, via WiX on SourceForge, you get to see the results of many people’s efforts to improve Microsoft from the inside out. I’m not exactly sure what is going to happen next but I’m sure there are quite a few people who are interested to see where this leads.”

Much more detailed information available at MSDN.

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