Assembly Resolution in MSBuild and Visual Studio Series Introduction

Assembly references are an integral part of build process. When the assembly references passed to the compiler are correct everything works but when they are not projects stop building.  When this happens It can be frustrating to try and figure out why a reference was resolved from one location rather than another thereby causing the…

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Building on Cross targeting scenarios and 64-bit MSBuild

During the Visual Studio 2010 development cycle a push to make the build experience better on Cross compilation scenarios as well on making sure a build using 32-bit MSBuild was identical (in outputs) to a build using 64-bit MSBuild. In most cases, 64-bit and 32-bit MSBuild will indeed produce the same output. However there are…

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MSBuild Property Functions (2)

Some more information about this 4.0 feature. (I’ve also updated the first post with this, so everything’s in one place for your reference.) Built-in MSBuild functions The full list of built-in [MSBuild] functions, like the one above, are in the MSDN topic here. They include arithmetic (useful, for example, for modifying version numbers), functions to convert…