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How to handle builds & hotfixes?

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James asked on 18 Mar 2012, 09:21 AM
Hello,  I've been tinkering with using the RadControls for WPF in my projects and am generally pleased with the toolkit.  The hotfix situation is perplexing me though.

I noticed it pulls down updates automatically, and that the Telerik references in my project are pointing to one of various folders under, for example, C:\Users\James\AppData\Roaming\Telerik\Updates\RadControls_for_WPF40_2011_2_0920_Dev_hotfix\ ...

I like that it keeps my working project up-to-date with the latest builids.  But this is making it difficult for me to set up a clean build environment.

If I want to mark my code as a certain "release", for example, and check everything into version control (I'm now using Mercurial), I like to include the 3rd-party libraries along with it. So that it can always be reproduced exactly as built.  Normally I try to have all 3rd-party libraries within a subfolder in my development folder (which is C:\Apps), as for example:  C:\Apps\VendorLibs\Telerik
That way, it is obvious where to add references from, and the version-control/build commands know where to get their stuff. Also, this makes it straightforward to set up a continuous-build facility on a separate box to detect checkins, run the build, run the unit-tests, and poke me as soon as I break something.  Or, to create a virtual-machine (I'm using VMWare) of a fresh Windows environment, to test an installer on.  Also, I develop on two boxes at the same time. With the C:\Apps folder synced between them (using a program similar to DropBox). This would work a lot better if Telerik's libraries were within that folder, instead of elsewhere on a totally different path.

So, my question is: Is there a way to configure the hotfix facility of Telerik's tools, such that instead of using those hotfix folders down in \Users\James\AppData\Roaming, which change periodically, to instead have them placed automatically within a single stable folder of my choosing?

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Petar
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answered on 19 Mar 2012, 04:57 PM
Hi,

Thank you for contacting us. All that you say makes perfect sense. I totaly understand your point.

This is a nice feature so I am submitting it to our Public Tracking System so that everyone can vote for it and track its state. Here is the link to the item - http://www.telerik.com/support/pits.aspx#/public/aspnet-ajax/10319

Should you have any further questions, please write us again.

Greetings,
Petar
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Petar
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answered on 21 Mar 2012, 11:43 AM
Hello,

I am sorry for any confusion caused. The VS Extensions already support this scenario. You can use the options dialog to configure the download location for hotfix packages - http://www.telerik.com/help/wpf/radcontrols-vs-extensions-options.html. The documentation article is not updated though.

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Petar
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