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MSBuild is the build system for Visual Studio. The following links lead to topics that contain MSBuild reference information.
In This Section
Project File Schema Reference
Describes the XML elements that make up the MSBuild file format.
Describes some of the typical tasks that are included with MSBuild.
Describes the conditions that are available in MSBuild files.
Describes how to use the
MSBuild Reserved and Well-Known Properties
Describes the MSBuild reserved properties.
Common MSBuild Project Properties
Describes project properties that are common to all project types, and also properties that are often used by particular project types.
Common MSBuild Project Items
Describes project items that are common to all project types, and also items that are often used by particular project types.
Describes the arguments and switches that can be used with MSBuild.exe.
Describes the .Targets file that is included in MSBuild.
Well-known Item Metadata
Lists the metadata that is created together with every item.
Explains the .rsp files that contain command-line switches.
Provides links to MSBuild Web sites and newsgroups.
WPF MSBuild Reference
Contains an MSBuild targets and task reference for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).
Special Characters to Escape
Lists the characters that may have to be "escaped" to be interpreted correctly. An escape sequence is a series of characters that signifies that what follows is an alternative interpretation.
MSBuild Overview Introduces MSBuild and provides links to topics that explain how to use it to build projects.
Contains the Conversion namespace reference
Contains the Evaluation namespace reference
Contains the Execution namespace reference
Contains the Framework namespace reference
Contains the Logging namespace reference
Contains the Tasks namespace reference
Contains the Utilities namespace reference