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    Hack the Build: Target Overriding Step-by-Step

    Jomo Fisher--John Lam recently mentioned Target Overriding as a useful tool for extending a pre-existing build process. In MSBuild, a target is a grouping of build functionality—there’s a good MSDN article here that gives some details. The build scripts...
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    Hack the Build: Lay of the Land

    Jomo Fisher--I think it would be helpful to take a step back and look at the files that are part of MSBuild. The binaries are all installed in the framework folder (e.g. c:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.xxxx): MSBuild.exe – is the command-line...
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    Hack the Build: Peeking under the Hood

    Jomo Fisher--I like to know how things work. When someone says “Trust me” I get suspicious and more curious than I might have been. I want to know why I should trust them. I want to know the details. If you build your application in VS Beta1 and you have...
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    MSBuild and VS .NET 2003

    A lot of people have asked about whether Microsoft will support MSBuild against the VS .NET 2003 version of the CLR. The answer is that we really, really want to but don’t think we have the resources to make it work right. If you have a dollar to spend...
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    Hack the Build: An Introduction

    Jomo Fisher--I'm a developer on the MSBuild team and I own a big chunk of the build rules that get run when you build your C# or VB application. If you wanted to find me, you could draw a line west from Jeff Callahan's office (http://blogs.msdn.com/jeffcal...
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