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  • Blog Post: building everett apps with msbuild

    check out this post from mark michaelis , where he describes the work he did to build everett apps with msbuild . many customers are tackling this problem and it's encouraging to see them meet it with success. jeff.
  • Blog Post: early msbuild documentation

    there's an msbuild wiki over at channel 9 , and there's a good preview of the msbuild documentation over at msdn: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/0k6kkbsd.aspx as always, feedback is welcome (and encouraged). jeff.
  • Blog Post: important: we need your feedback

    lately it seems like i've been pointing a lot at other content rather than providing too much of my own; i'll continue that trend today with the promise to change it tomorrow. but this one's particularly important: alex kipman , the msbuild program manager, has posted an important call for input from...
  • Blog Post: everyone wants it...

    easily one of the top requests we get from customers is support for targeting msbuild to the everett (1.1) framework. well jomo 's recently posted an instructional explanation of how one might approach this problem. and now robert mclaws has taken that and run with it to try to make it more versatile...
  • Blog Post: new msbuild wiki

    over at the nunitaddin blog, there's a post announcing a new msbuild wiki maintained by external customers and developers. i'm sure you'll find a few of the msbuild team members contributing there too. please share any interesting resources/tips with others! keep your eyes open for the official msbuild...
  • Blog Post: the sequel

    once again, the msbuild team will be packing our bags and heading to a secret location to fix as many bugs as possible. hopefully it will be as successful as last time . unfortunately, we'll be missing some of the helping hands we had last time, but maybe we can pick up a free agent or two. either way...
  • Blog Post: debugging a build process - what works for you?

    building a large piece of software can take a very long time. combine the times to compile and link with syncing sources, running test suites and unit tests, mailing a build report, copying the bins over the network, etc. and you have a process that can easily take hours. what happens when some step...
  • Blog Post: reducing our bug backlog, or why "The MSBuild team rocks!!!"

    it's been nearly eight weeks since my last post, but i promise i've been doing something for you! and i can easily account for one of the eight with an explanation of what my whole team did just last week. recently a couple teammates were trying to think about what issues they were concerned about...
  • Blog Post: dependency analysis in msbuild

    when people first get their hands on msbuild, especially those familiar with other build systems, one of the first things they notice is msbuild's dependency analysis mechanism. the msbuild engine offers basic dependency checking based on explicitly declared target inputs and outputs. currently, the...
  • Blog Post: coming soon: wix tasks for msbuild

    hey y'all, and sorry i haven't written in a couple of weeks. we're working hard to ship our first beta of msbuild right now so my blog unfortunately sat down with a hefty piece of neglect pie. but i'm back now (to the three of you who actually read this; well, two of you if i can't count my mother)....
  • Blog Post: today on dr. phil: resolving conflict among dependencies

    Since joining the MSBuild team, I've learned more than I ever thought imaginable about .NET references and dependencies, largely because I'm responsible for testing the ResolveAssemblyReference task we'll be shipping as part of our task library. Between my testing of that task and the patient guidance...
  • Blog Post: tasks in msbuild and nant

    this weekend, ted neward wrote some dispirited comments about microsoft's decision to release msbuild in light of nant's community acceptance. now his point is larger than just the decision to release msbuild, and dare has commented on the larger issue here . but the quandary he describes is sure to...
  • Blog Post: writing a build logger: all the news fit to print

    We have an internal discussion list for users of MSBuild to share their thoughts and experiences with each other and bring questions they have about MSBuild. Last week, one of our internal users wrote the list to talk about some performance issues he was noticing as his build projects grew larger and...
  • Blog Post: the meanderings of an msbuild tester

    hola. and welcome to my flashy new blog. my name's jeff callahan and i test microsoft's new build system, msbuild. i've been a full time tester for msbuild almost a year now, but during various breaks from college i also worked as an intern or contractor on projects under visual basic, exchange server...
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