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  • Blog Post: ToolsVersion metadata for items used in MSBuild task's

    Greetings MSBuilders! In Visual Studio 2005 you could only target the 2.0 Framework tools. MSBuild targets files which define the build process and MSBuild tasks to use the 1.1 framework tools were not supported . With the help of our CPX team we released MSBee to provide support for .NET 1.1....
  • Blog Post: Properties and AdditionalProperties metadata for items used in MSBuild task's

    Greetings MSBuilders! Passing properties to projects specifically when you want to pass different sets of properties to different projects listed in the same item has always been challenging. To achieve this is Visual Studio 2005 you would have to break the item according to the properties you...
  • Blog Post: Building projects in parallel

    Greetings MSBuilders! Orcas MSBuild introduces a new feature allowing build authors to build projects in parallel. To enable this feature we have introduced a new parameter to the MSBuild task called “BuildInParallel” and a new command line parameter called “maxcpucount” or “m”. Note that if you...
  • Blog Post: Caching Behaviour in Orcas msbuild

    Greetings MSBuilders! Orcas MSBuild introduces a new parameter for the CallTarget and MSBuild task called “UseResultsCache”. Enabling this feature allows the MSBuild engine to cache the built target results like the outputs attribute from the target. At this point you may be wondering why do we...
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