I've moved onto a new job and whew, I can confidently say after a year of beating my head against the wall trying to get these two piece of shit technologies to work:
Visual Studio Deployment Projects Suck!
Visual Studio Installer class Custom Actions Suck!
To quote Heath Stewart:
"Certainly. From an SE perspective, .vdproj outputs are difficult to service. You also can't do anything more advanced with them without modifying the reusltant [sic] MSI."
Recently Robmen mentioned that Derek Cicerone was departing WiX. During this post he mentioned that Derek was instrumental in getting the Visual Studio team
to adopt WiX for their installer. Everyone thought that this meant the VS team was also dumping .vdproj and replacing it with a WiX project type.
We could ONLY wish. So until that day comes, I urge you to sign the 'petition' and let Microsoft know what you think: