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MSBuild book content online

Recently a chapter from my book Deploying .NET Applications: Learning MSBuild and ClickOnce has been posted. You can read the sample chapter MSBuild By Example. Here is the TOC for that chapter.

MSBuild: By Example

Introducing Well-Known Metadata

Formatting Your Output

Editing MSBuild Files with IntelliSense

Integrating MSBuild into Visual Studio

Introducing Custom Metadata

Understanding the Difference Between @ and %

Using Environment Variables in Your Project

Reusing MSBuild Project Elements

Dealing with MSBuild Errors


Thanks to the guys at Apress and C# Online for making this chapter available online for everyone to have a look at!

Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi 



msbuild | Visual Studio Tuesday, July 25, 2006 5:31:32 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Tuesday, July 18, 2006

MSBuild content available on CodePlex

I've created a project on CodePlex to hold all of the MSBuild tasks/loggers and what not from my book and my MSDN article Inside MSBuild. The project home page is at Sedodream MSBuild CodePlex project. The idea is that I'll keep all of the MSBuild related material that I discuss here there as well. If you have content that you'd like to post there thats great too.
Here is the current list of what is available there:

Tasks Included




Allows you to add metadata to an item


Finds and returns all directories (empty or not) under a specified path


Returns a string representation of the date in a specified format


Returns the value of a registry key


Task to move a file (or set of files)


Task to run NUnit test cases as a part of the build process


Returns the path to a new temporary file

Loggers Included




An MSBuild logger capable of emailing the resulting log


A simple MSBuild file based logger


An MSBuild logger which creates an Xml file

Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi

msbuild | Visual Studio Tuesday, July 18, 2006 5:47:05 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |