[TLS347] Introducing MSBuild: The Universal Build Engine for Visual Studio "Whidbey" and "Longhorn"

PDC '03, MSBuild Comments

Several weeks ago I played around with NAnt, since we need a decent build environment for our new software. I've read about MSBuild a.k.a. XBuild before, but no information was available (at least outside Microsoft).

Today I attended the session about MSBuild. It bases on XML files, which are -- suprise, suprise -- similar to the build files of NAnt. As far as I can see they have mainly the same feature set. However, the big advantage of MSBuild compared to NAnt is its integration and support by Whidbey. For NAnt you have to either maintain a .build and a .vcproj files, or use the new solution task, which is still a little bit buggy. For Whidbey, they have (once again sigh) changed the format of the .vcproj file, so it's the single place to edit your project.