MSBuild lets you create and edit extensible build solutions. Use the following links to learn more about the concepts behind MSBuild.
In This Section
Describes the general concepts behind the MSBuild file format and how all the pieces fit together.
Describes items, which act as inputs to the build system.
Describes how to use property names and values in MSBuild project files.
Explains targets, which define how the MSBuild project is built.
Describes tasks, which are reusable units of build execution.
MSBuild Advanced Concepts
Describes logging, batching, and transforms.
Building for Specific .NET Framework Versions
Explains how to configure builds to target a specific .NET Framework version.
Using Multiple Processors to Build Projects
Describes how MSBuild can build projects more rapidly in systems that have multiple or multi-core processors.
MSBuild Project File Schema Reference
Describes the elements of the MSBuild project file format.
MSBuild Task Reference
Describes the tasks that are included with MSBuild.
Contains reference information.
Contains topics about how to use the Microsoft build platform that is integrated into Visual Studio.