Build Support

As software complexity grows, so does the build process: Besides the use of large numbers of source files, extra tools are used to generate code during a build, references to dependencies need to be taken care of, resulting assemblies must be signed, and so on. You probably don’t need further convincing that having integrated build support right inside the IDE is a great thing.

In Visual Studio, build is integrated tightly with the project system because that’s ultimately the place where source files live, references are added, and properties are set. To invoke a build process, either use the Build menu (see Figure 3.29) or right-click the solution or a specific project node in Solution Explorer. A shortcut to invoke a build for ...

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