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.NET Core Tooling in Visual Studio “15”

This post was co-authored by David Carmona, a Principal Program Manager Lead in .NET Team and Joe Morris, a Senior Program Manager in .NET Team. Couple of weeks back, we dedicated a blog post introducing .NET Standard 2.0, which will significantly extend your ability to share code by unifying .NET APIs across all application types and ...
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MSBuild is going cross-platform with .NET Core!

We have some exciting new developments to share – an update on our open source development, our ongoing cross-platform work, and more. Going forward, we will post everything around MSBuild and build tools in general here on the .NET blog. You can still check out the many interesting tips and tricks that we earlier posted on the MSBuild ...
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MSBuild Engine is now Open Source on GitHub

Today we are pleased to announce that MSBuild is now available on GitHub and we are contributing it to the .NET Foundation! The Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild) is a platform for building applications. By invoking msbuild.exe on your project or solution file, you can orchestrate and build products in environments where Visual Studio isn't ...
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Web publishing updates for app offline and usechecksum

In Visual Studio 2013 we have added a couple of small features for web publishing that I’d like to share with you. Those updates are; how to take your app offline during publishing and how you can update the default file compare option. App offline support In Visual Studio when you publish your web application we do not force the remote ...

How to compress CSS/JavaScript before publish/package

Today I saw a post on stackoverflow.com asking Using Microsoft AJAX Minifier with Visual Studio 2010 1-click publish. This is a response to that question. The Web Publishing Pipeline is pretty extensive so it is easy for us to hook in to it in order to perform operation such as these. One of those extension points, as we’ve blogged about...

XDT (web.config) Transforms in non-web projects

One of the really cool features that we shipped for Visual Studio 2010 was web.config (XDT) transformations. Because the transformations are so simple and straightforward one of the first questions that someone asks after using it is “how can I use this in my other projects?” Unfortunately this feature is only built into the Web ...

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