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.Net Framework 2.0 emerged with the very powerful and sophisticated compilation architecture here is a very brief description how we can compile a website in .Net 2.0 using MSBuild (Build tool shipped with .Net Framework 2.0)

     > Understading of Build tool, Build Tasks and Properties
     > Compilation Modes in .Net Framework 2.0

Those who are not aware of Build Tool, can follow the below given steps to compile Asp.Net 2.0 Website

1. Create a file with extention .msbuild with the following xml, replace the WebsiteName, PrecompiledAssembliesPath and BuildDirectory with your values.  

<Project DefaultTargets="Main" xmlns="">
  <Target Name="Main">


2. Run Following command from command line from .Net 2.0 Command prompt (MSBuild.exe is available in..     
    MSBuild.exe C:\Progra~1\MSBuild\temp.msbuild

Actually the compilation is being done through aspnet_compiler.exe, which is called by AspNetCompiler task in MSBuild script. the task attributes like PhysicalPath, Debug, Updateable are mapped with aspnet_compiler.exe command line arguments inturn.

I hope this article covers enough things around MSBuild and .Net 2.0 compilation. feel free to ask for any clarification.


Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2006 8:41 AM .Net | Back to top

Comments on this post: Website Compilation in .Net Framework 2.0 with MSBuild Script

# re: Website Compilation in .Net Framework 2.0 with MSBuild Script
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IS there any possiblity of compiling multiple web projects from a solution file in aspnet_Compiler.exe using MSBuild Script?
Left by Saravanan on Mar 31, 2010 3:32 PM

# re: Website Compilation in .Net Framework 2.0 with MSBuild Script
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Yes its pretty easy. in above example we have only target "main" to compile a project.

you can create mutiple targets with different names and call them in main target. e.g.

<target name="main">
<CallTarget Targets="TargetA"/>
<CallTarget Targets="TargetB"/>

<Target Name="TargetA">
<Message Text="Building Project-A..." />
<Target Name="TargetB">
<Message Text="Building Project-B..." />

Hope this suffice to answer your query :)
Left by Narendra Tiwari on Apr 01, 2010 9:33 PM

# re: Website Compilation in .Net Framework 2.0 with MSBuild Script
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With this approach for each folder in the website one seperate dll is created, is there a way to have reduce the number of dlls per website.
Left by Murali on Sep 16, 2010 7:12 PM

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