This is a very early copy of a msi which installs a Spark language package for Visual Studio 2008. It will put dlls into a Program Files\Spark directory and add just enough registry keys to add color and intellisense to files with a .spark extension.
I’ve tested installing and uninstalling which will remove the files and registry entries.
Eventually there may be a single installer that contains the VSIP files in addition to the things currently in the zip download – but for now they’re entirely separate. The copy of Spark.dll installed by the msi is used used by the language service for parsing and colorizing. It won’t conflict with the Spark.dll in the zip download, and that’s the file you should continue to use as an assembly reference in your projects.
As always feedback is welcomed.
There’s been a report of “no effect” on XP sp2. I should also mention the installer has no user interface, so it’s normal for it for a small dialog box to show a progress bar move back and forth a bit then disappear without confirmation.
Also the spark file will need to be “Open With…” the “Source Code (Text) Editor” in case you’re using the xml or html editor.
<use namespace="System.Collections.Generic"/> <use namespace="System.Linq"/> <use namespace="System.Web.Mvc.Html"/> <use namespace="MyApp.Models"/>