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Building your application

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Video: Building your application

Before you can deploy your application, you have to create an executable file. This is done by compiling your application. Simply compiling your code is rarely enough with modern applications, however. There may be many operations you must perform to get the source ready for the compile and tasks that need to be run after the compile is finished. There are tools available to help this process. They are known as automated build tools. Visual Studio contains a build tool. You use it every time you compile, run, or debug your application from within Visual Studio. It goes by the name of MSBuild.

Building your application

Before you can deploy your application, you have to create an executable file. This is done by compiling your application. Simply compiling your code is rarely enough with modern applications, however. There may be many operations you must perform to get the source ready for the compile and tasks that need to be run after the compile is finished. There are tools available to help this process. They are known as automated build tools. Visual Studio contains a build tool. You use it every time you compile, run, or debug your application from within Visual Studio. It goes by the name of MSBuild.

I'll show you how to customize your build process with Visual Studio, but first, let's look at the basic build tools. I am inside Visual Studio, and I'm going to create a new project: File > New > Project. I'm going to go to our movie chapter, which is out on our Desktop, and then I am going to create a C# console application. There it is. I'll just except the default names and click OK. Every time you press F5 to debug your application, you are actually compiling the application and then attaching a debugger.

You can see the build process here in this menu. There are two parts of this menu: The top part lists the builds items for this solution. The bottom half selects the build items for the currently selected project. So right now, since I only have one project, choosing to build the console application, or build the solution, would accomplish the same thing. I'll click Build Solution. It goes through the build process, and when you're done, I now have a compiled executable somewhere in my hard drive. If I add a second project by right- clicking on the solution and choosing Add > New Project--let's say, for this example, I want to create a Class Library, I'll call this TextLibrary and then click OK-- now when I choose Build > Build Solution is going to compile two different executables.

How do we know what build order those items will run? You can control the build order by going to your Project menu and choosing Project Build Order. Here you can see that ConsoleApplication1 is going to be built first, and then TextLibrary is going to be built second. I'm thinking that's the wrong direction. I'd like to have my library built first, and then once that's finished, I can then use to code this in that from the Console Application. So to change the build order, I can click on this Dependencies tab and say that the Console Application depends on the Text Library.

Now, if I go back to the Build Order screen, you'll see that it's reversed the order. Now, Text library will be built first, and then Console Application will be built second. There are two major types of builds you can do in an application, and they're listed in this configuration dropdown. You can see one called Debug and one called Release. Right now, I'm creating a Debug build. So the results of that are going to go in the Debug folder. Let me show you where that's at. I am going to click on this Show All Files button, I am going to open this bin folder, and right now you can see that my ConsoleApplication1.exe is in this Debug folder.

If I switch over to Release build and then compile my project, you'll see that it adds a Release folder, and it makes a copy of the release version of my executable in this folder. In a real application, you may have even more complex build requirements than this. You may need to have a test build. In that case, you can go to the Configuration Manager and add other builds in here. For instance, I can come down here and say that I have a new test configuration.

I say that in the Debug build, you're going to compile the ConsoleApplication1 with the Debug configuration. And in the Release mode, you're going to build the ConsoleApplication1 with the Release configuration. And in the Test build, you're going to build the ConsoleApplication1 with the Test configuration. Now, when I come up here and I do a build, you'll see that I end up with another folder over here, Test, and there is my ConsoleApplication1. Now this movie is just covering the basics of building your application.

If you watch the build customization movie next, you'll learn how to adapt the build scripts to your own needs and how to change which folders the physical files are stored in.

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Visual Studio 2010 Essential Training

86 video lessons · 30211 viewers

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 7m 19s
    1. Understanding the Visual Studio versions
      3m 51s
    2. Setting up your developer computer
      3m 28s
  3. 58m 2s
    1. Creating a Visual Studio project
      4m 58s
    2. Working with Solution Explorer
      6m 32s
    3. Working with big projects
      3m 53s
    4. Taking a tour of the Integrated Developer Environment (IDE)
      8m 36s
    5. Introducing drag-and-drop UI design
      7m 38s
    6. Working with the Properties window
      6m 44s
    7. Looking at Server Explorer
      7m 4s
    8. Exploring the new Help engine
      6m 41s
    9. Setting options for the IDE
      5m 56s
  4. 39m 25s
    1. Creating a simple WPF application
      1m 32s
    2. Building the UI with the editors
      9m 14s
    3. Working with the application code
      3m 37s
    4. Communicating with the web site
      7m 15s
    5. Connecting your data
      8m 4s
    6. Binding to an RSS feed
      5m 4s
    7. Packaging and deploying the application
      4m 39s
  5. 39m 46s
    1. What languages are supported in Visual Studio 2010?
      1m 17s
    2. Exploring basic settings for the Code Editor
      5m 35s
    3. Writing a C# program
      6m 48s
    4. Writing a VB program
      6m 29s
    5. Working with C++
      6m 38s
    6. Working with F Sharp
      6m 9s
    7. Font and color options
      6m 50s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Formatting your code
      6m 43s
    2. Navigating your code
      7m 44s
    3. Using the Task List
      2m 26s
    4. Commenting your code
      2m 45s
    5. Documenting your code
      8m 26s
    6. Using IntelliSense effectively
      7m 0s
    7. Working with code snippets
      6m 25s
    8. Refactoring your code
      5m 15s
    9. Understanding code generation
      2m 10s
    10. Generating code with T4
      6m 29s
    11. Using the Class View, Class Designer, and Class Diagram tools
      5m 51s
    12. Refactoring VB with CodeRush Xpress
      4m 33s
  7. 1h 11m
    1. Working with project and item templates
      8m 38s
    2. Creating a console application
      7m 5s
    3. Creating a class library
      6m 26s
    4. Creating a web site with ASP.NET
      7m 37s
    5. Creating a rich internet application with Silverlight
      6m 57s
    6. Creating a classic Windows application with Windows Forms
      10m 31s
    7. Creating a dramatic Windows application with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
      4m 41s
    8. Creating a WCF service
      9m 1s
    9. Using an existing WCF service
      6m 38s
    10. Navigation UI designs with the Document Outline view
      3m 41s
  8. 33m 18s
    1. Creating a data project with SQL Project
      6m 24s
    2. Clarifying the confusion on .NET Data
      3m 31s
    3. Using ADO.NET in your application
      6m 50s
    4. Creating typed datasets
      7m 55s
    5. Using the data binding tools
      8m 38s
  9. 30m 13s
    1. Debugging code
      9m 32s
    2. Working with the Watch and other debug windows
      7m 46s
    3. Other debugging techniques
      6m 50s
    4. IntelliTrace historical debugging in Visual Studio Ultimate
      6m 5s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Understanding Visual Studio editions and test tools
      2m 22s
    2. Verifying your code with unit tests
      8m 58s
    3. Running performance and load tests
      6m 36s
  11. 34m 5s
    1. Building your application
      4m 19s
    2. Customizing the build process with MSBuild
      6m 36s
    3. Setting assembly information
      2m 12s
    4. Deploying a basic Windows application
      2m 19s
    5. Creating an installer with Visual Studio
      7m 39s
    6. Creating a ClickOnce application
      5m 13s
    7. Setting up IIS for deploy
      2m 9s
    8. Deploying a Silverlight or ASP.NET application
      3m 38s
  12. 14m 0s
    1. Understanding source control
      2m 9s
    2. Setting up Team Foundation Server source control
      3m 5s
    3. Using Team Foundation Server source control
      8m 46s
  13. 17m 31s
    1. Understanding the .NET Office integration
      4m 16s
    2. Making a Word 2010 application
      7m 54s
    3. Making an Excel 2010 add-in
      5m 21s
  14. 31m 34s
    1. Understanding the extensibility model in Visual Studio
      2m 17s
    2. Adding external tools to the Tools menu
      4m 42s
    3. Creating macros
      7m 16s
    4. Using the Extension Manager
      5m 1s
    5. Creating an MEF add-in
      7m 9s
    6. Deploying and installing an add-in with VSIX
      5m 9s
  15. 25m 34s
    1. Working with configuration files
      5m 37s
    2. Using the Settings Editor
      7m 30s
    3. Using the Resources Editor
      6m 59s
    4. Localizing your resources
      5m 28s
  16. 1m 17s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 17s

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