How to use XDT in NuGet – Examples and Facts

Starting with NuGet 2.6, XML-Document-Transform (XDT) is supported to transform XML files inside a project. The XDT syntax can be utilized in the .install.xdt and .uninstall.xdt file(s) under the package’s Content folder, which will be applied during package installation and uninstallation time, respectively. One of XDT’s greatest strengths is its simple but powerful syntax for… Read more

XDT (XML Document Transform) released on

In Visual Studio 2010 we introduced a simple and straight forward method of transforming web.config during publishing/packaging. This support is called XML Document Transform, aka XDT. It allows you to transform any XML file, not just web.config. To learn more about XDT check out the docs. Since we’ve released XDT there has been interest in… Read more

Profile specific web.config transforms and transform preview

When we released VS2010 we add support for web.config (XDT) transforms during publish/package. Note: From now on I’ll only use the word publish from now on but the full content relates to packaging as well. In the original implementation when you published your web project the web.config file would be transformed by the file web.{Configuration}.config,… Read more

Walkthrough: deploy a web application with SQL CE 4.0 database to IIS host with SQL Server.

With VS2010 sp1, we added SQL CE 4.0 support. You can view more information about SQL CE 4.0 from the following sites: Here is a walk through of how to deploy a SQL CE database to SQL Server database using web application publish. 1. Create a web application 2. Add a SQL… Read more

Video on Web Deployment using Visual Studio 2010 and MSDeploy

Back in November I participated in Virtual Tech Days which is an online conference presented by Microsoft. In the session I discussed the enhancements to web deployment using Visual Studio 2010 and MSDeploy. Some of the topics which I covered includ: web.conig (XDT) transforms How to publish to local file system using Visual Studio How… Read more

ASP.NET Web Application: Publish/Package Tokenizing Parameters

  Today I just saw a question posted on asking Why are some Web.config transforms tokenised into SetParameters.xml and others are not? Let me give some background on this topic for those who are not aware of what the question is. With Visual Studio 2010 when you package your application using the Build Deployment… Read more

ASP.NET Web Projects: web.debug.config & web.release.config

DIsclaimer: You may experience some in-consistent behavior using this technique. If so please let us know. I have heard a lot of questions and confusion regarding web.debug.config and web.release.config. For example here is just one question on StackOverflow. The question states: Hello, I want to use the web.config transformation that works fine for publish also… Read more

The Aspnet Compiler Build Task in Visual Studio 2010 ASP.Net MVC 2 Projects

If you crack open the project file in an ASP.Net MVC 2 application (in notepad or unload your project and then click “Edit *.proj”), you will notice an interesting line. <MvcBuildViews>false</MvcBuildViews> This is an option to enable a post build task that will run the Asp_net compiler. This command will compile your aspx pages and… Read more

Web Deployment: Web.Config Transformation

We have earlier discussed about Web Deployment and Web Packaging quite a bit, today I wanted to dive into web.config transformation. If you would like to check out the other topics please read through the earlier blog posts below: Web Deployment with VS 2010 and IIS Web Packaging: Creating a Web Package using VS 2010… Read more