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Windows Installer

2000-07-14 03:40:29+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Nerd alert: I'm officially disgusted with Windows Installer. Did you know that Windows Installer as driven by InstallShield for Windows behaves differently on 98 and NT (and probably a bunch of other subdivisions that I haven't tried yet) depending upon the case of your properties? Now a part of this is documented, you're not supposed to be able to set properties that aren't all upper case from the command line, but why should that influence the ability of dialog boxes and scripts to access those properties in the installer itself? I take back anything bad I may have ever said about RPM or DPKG.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:30:11+00 by: beowulf

I was unfortunate enough to be the one responsible for creating the install package of my last project using IS for Windows Installer. I still get cold sweats at the mere mention of it. Bugs, undocumented behavior, incorrectly documented behavior, and most of the time, when it did work as advertised, it was poorly designed. Oooh, I'd love to get the guys who wrote this alone in a room with a rubber hose. I wasted hours in the dialog editor alone. I believe (but am not certain) that this is the fault of InstallShield not the low level Installer code. I'm still looking for alternatives. The best one would be to hire someone else to worry about it, but I doubt that's going to happen. :-)