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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Config Transforms for Elements

I would have thought this was obvious, but it took me a bit to figure it out.  The config file transforms that are available for web.config files and for all other files can be used to replace sections of a config file, based on a project configuration.  Most of the examples show changing attributes.  I wanted to change the entire element, in this instance, connectionStrings.  To do this, you simply put the Replace value in the Transform attribute on the element:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Troubleshooting Build Failures

We are having random build failures which have been a huge pain to troubleshoot (although we know that it has something to do with multi-core builds), so I wrote a quick Powershell script today that will run the build against the solution repeatedly until the build fails.
while($true)
{
    C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\MSBuild.exe /nologo /target:Rebuild YourSolutionFile.sln /p:SkipInvalidConfigurations=true /p:DeployOnBuild=False /p:Configuration=Debug /p:RestorePackages=false /m:2 /p:OutDir="E:\play\Binaries\\"  | Out-Host
 
    if ($LastExitCode -ne 0)
    {
        break;
    }
}