As part of our builds, quite a few projects copy files to the binaries directory or other locations. These can be anything from image files to test scripts. To have our builds complete more quickly, we use the multi-process option (/maxcpucount) of msbuild to build projects in parallel.
If you are responsible for work with your team’s build system, you will definitely want to buy a copy of Inside the Microsoft Build Engine: Using MSBuild and Team Foundation Build (Second Edition). Both of the authors now work for Microsoft.
Dan Moseley, dev lead for msbuild, wrote a debugger for msbuild while on leave(!) back during the 2010 cycle. While it ultimately couldn’t be fully completed and tested to be an official feature, it is in the product with a switch to enable it (it’s off by default).
The folks at Attrice have released a new version of their MSBuild Sidekick, and it now includes a visual debugger for msbuild. If you’ve ever tried to debug a build process, you know how tedious it can be and will want to check this out.
There is now a book dedicated to MSBuild and Team Foundation Build. The book is written by Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi and William Bartholomew. Sayed has written about MSBuild before, both in books and MSDN Magazine articles, and William is a Team System MVP with a lot of experience in customizing the build process in Team Foundation.
Unfortunately there are several types of projects that do not work natively with MSBuild. Jim Lamb, program manager for Team Build, has put together a few posts with pointers on how to get these to work with Team Build.
Project System Compatibility with Team Build
SQL Server Integration Services and Team Build
BizTalk Server and Team Build
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Mike Fourie has released the first version of MSBuild Extensions Pack on CodePlex. This is a great collection of quality tasks for MSBuild that you can also use in Team Foundation Build.
The MSBuild Extension Pack is the successor to the FreeToDev MSBuild Tasks Suite and provides a collection of over 170 MSBuild tasks designed for the .NET 3.5 Framework.
Charles Sterling announced a new interactive forum called MVP TV earlier this month. The first event was Automation with MSBuild 3.5 and Team Build 2008. Now the recording for this event is available.
The debut of MVP TV
Attendance: 92 attendees
Jelle Druyts has created an interesting tool and made it available on CodePlex.
Just Released: BuildCop v1.0!
It is with great pleasure that I’m finally ready to release another open source tool on CodePlex: BuildCop.
BuildCop is a tool that analyzes MSBuild project files (interactively or during e.g.
Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi’s book, Deploying .NET Applications, contains a chapter on MSBuild. While I knew about the chapter in the book, I didn’t realize that the chapter on MSBuild was available online until Eugene Zakhareyev mentioned it.
If you are looking for a good way to get started with MSBuild,