Monday, September 29, 2003

M$: MSBuild - M$ version of ANT

Microsoft is coming up with a build tool(MSBuild). MSBuild is the next generation build engine and platform for Visual Studio .NET. Microsoft has a session about the new build system during Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2003.
From introduction it looks like it will ship with the .NET redistributable and not Visual Studio. Also it appears that MSBuild will be an XML based Ant like tool with XML files to drive the build. Of course a similar build tool exist as Nant.
This is yet another block that has been missing in .NET (compared to J2EE) that Microsoft decided to fill.

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