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  • Blog Post: Second edition of the MSBuild and Team Foundation Build book released

    Not many books that are reviewed like this on Amazon: Now the heavily augmented second edition has just come out, written by several people at Microsoft and reviewed by the product team. New extensive coverage of building C++ with MSBuild Complete rewrite of the Team Build sections to cover the new Windows...
  • Blog Post: Incorrect solution build ordering when using MSBuild.exe

    UPDATE: This issue has been fixed in Visual Studio 11/NETFX45. As always, feedback is welcome! Please leave your comments in this blog post and report any bugs on Microsoft Connect . We've had a few reports of cases where Visual Studio, and previous versions of MSBuild, will build the projects...
  • Blog Post: Debugging MSBuild script with Visual Studio (3)

    In my last two posts ( here and here ) I showed how to enable the unsupported MSBuild debugger to debug a build started on the command line with MSBuild.exe. In this final post, I'll mention some other variations. Note that this blog is rather narrow, so some of the screenshots may be hard to see...
  • Blog Post: Debugging MSBuild script with Visual Studio (2)

    In my previous post , I showed how to enable the hidden Visual Studio debugger for MSBuild script, and demonstrated it by stepping through the evaluation of a C# project. In this post, I'll keep debugging into the actual build of that project. Note that this blog is rather narrow, so some of the screenshots...
  • Blog Post: Debugging MSBuild script with Visual Studio

    Back when we started 4.0 development, I polled readers of the MSBuild blog to find out what features were most important to them. Debugging was #1 which was very surprising to us. Thinking about it more, it makes sense. In our team we've become so proficient ourselves at reading the XML and making sense...
  • Blog Post: MSBuild Property Functions (2)

    Some more information about this 4.0 feature. (I've also updated the first post with this, so everything's in one place for your reference.) Built-in MSBuild functions The full list of built-in [MSBuild] functions, like the one above, are in the MSDN topic here . They include arithmetic (useful, for...
  • Blog Post: MSBuild Property Functions

    Have you ever wanted to do something simple in a build, like get a substring of a property value, and found that MSBuild didn't have syntax for it? You then had to write a task for it, which was tiresome to do for such a simple operation. What's more, if you wanted to do this during evaluation – outside...
  • Blog Post: Tuning C++ build parallelism in VS2010

    A great way to get fast builds on a multiprocessor computer is to take advantage of as much parallelism in your build as possible. If you have C++ projects, there’s two different kinds of parallelism you can configure. What are the dials I can set? Project-level parallel build, which is controlled...
  • Blog Post: If your build fails with “MSB6002: The command-line for the “ResGen” task is too long”

    UPDATE: This issue is fixed in .NET 4.5. As always, feedback is welcome! Please leave your comments in this blog post and report any bugs on Microsoft Connect . If you have the RC build of VS2010, you are targeting the 3.5, 3.0, or 2.0 Framework, you have a VB or C# project which has a lot of references...
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