MSBuild Reserved Characters

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The other day someone sent me an email asking me about reserved characters in MSBuild targets names. I didn't actually know of a published list of such a reference so I contacted the MSBuild team for more information and here is what I found out.

Illegal characters in target names

'$', '@', '(', ')', '%', '*', '?', '.'

Properties, items and item metadata elements must start with either a letter [a-Z] or an underscore (_).

Characters after the initial character for properties, items and item metadata can include: letters, numbers, underscore, and dashes (-).


Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi

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