How to call the same target multiple times at different build stages?

The code sample describes how you can invoke a particular target (i.e. init) multiple times at different build stages (i.e BeforeBuild, AfterBuild, etc). Please note that you can easily invoke this common target with different custom properties based on build state (i.e we are passing different value to stage property based on invoking target.)   <Project xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003“> <!– main…

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Issue with desktop build for VC projects (in Team Build)

  Please note that desktop clean for VC projects is not happening in post beta3 bits of Team Build. The reason is that in Team Build we are not using the default location for dropping the generated binaries. We are overriding the OutputDirectory using the overrides file (vsprops). When we invoke the build target, the binaries are…

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What is Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.targets?

  Targets file is any valid MSBuild script that contains the definitions of targets, tasks, properties, items, etc. The file should end with the extension of .targets. MSBuild ships with several standard .targets files. You can refer this link for more details.   Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.targets file is standard file that we ship with Visual Studio Team…

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Team Build (MSBuild) build engine

  Team Build uses MSBuild to build sources. MSBuild engine runs the build in two passes.   The first pass is the declaration pass where properties and items are evaluated and imports happen. All the conditions present on properties, items and imports are evaluated. Please note that properties and items referenced will be evaluated in…

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