Saturday, March 25, 2006


ELJ relives

Just completed an MSI based installed, written with wix, for SmartEiffel 1.2r6 and lcc-win32. All looks pretty neat. Will create a package that includes Gobo and eposix as well. And if you have any other libraries you think might be beneficial for Eiffelists to have, write them down in the comments.

There's no public release yet, but if you really want to see it, just send me an email.

For those who are aren't old enough to remember, elj was an extensive bundle of open-source Eiffel libraries, and elj-win32 was an easy-to-install and easy-to-use distribution (for MS-Windows) incorporating SmallEiffel and libraries, "batteries included".

It brought Eiffel to many people who wouldn't have used it otherwise, so it's great to see that Berend has revived the idea!
What tool did you use to build the MSI?
> What tool did you use to build
> the MSI?

I thought that's what WiX did?

Do you (by whom I mean anyone reading this) think it's preferable to distribute Eiffel libraries in this format? For example, would you prefer a release of Gobo that automatically sets environment variables and executes 'geant install'?
wix yes.

The gobo .zip file doesn't need geant install and comes with everything precompiled, except setting the GOBO environment variable. So a .msi install would add little. I doubt many people would use it.

That's different with a full .msi. I've used that frequently in the past to quickly get Eiffel up and running on a machine without having to download/configure lots of stuff.
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