Monday, January 8, 2007

VS 2005 & NAnt Integration

 I ran into an issue today that was driving me crazy. I upgraded the version of Rhino Mocks (I love Rhino Mocks!). I thought it would be easy. Download the latest version and drop it into our \lib folder, re-build and “BAM, it’s just that easy”…or so I thought.

After I added the reference, my workstation built correctly and so did the other team members. But when Cruise Control tried to build the project, the build failed! I don’t like to be “the guy” who breaks the build. Since the build server uses the msbuild nant task and VS 2005 uses msbuild (and magic) there is a disconnect between the build processes and I’ve never been able to integrate Nant into VS 2005 in a way that didn’t make the team grumble.

I couldn’t take it anymore so I did some research and found a way to integrate NAnt with Visual Studio 2005. It still isn’t seamless, but I don’t hate it…yet. One gotcha I discovered, you’ll need to name your build file “” for nant.exe to pick it up.

I still wasn’t able to figure out what was causing the build to break, but at least I didn’t check-in and break the rest of team.

Now if I could find a way to run a .cmd or .bat file from the Solution Explorer….GRRR!

Is there an easier way? Should I be using msbuild for my build scripts over nant?

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