[Mono-devel-list] MSBuild Proposal

brian brian at nantz.org
Wed Dec 10 16:20:56 EST 2003

Hello Mono developers,

I have been thinking about MSBuild lately

I have proposed a SF project (netbuildconvert) that would support
conversions of build systems.  A conversion utility is desperately needed.
Each IDE and Build tool has its own advantages.  A developer spends far too
much of his time configuring his build environment.  This tool would be
useful in creating sub projects such as Continuous Integration Support for
Draco.Net (http://draconet.sourceforge.net/) and CruiseControl.Net
(http://www.continuousintegration.net/).  As well as plugins for popular
IDEs such as #develop (http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SD/), C#
Builder (http://www.borland.com/csharpbuilder), and Visual Studio.Net.

I was thinking of supporting the following:

VS.Net 2002 & 2003

Starting of course with MSBuild and NAnt. Note that some of this
functionality is available but not well supported:

VS Convert (http://www.codeproject.com/macro/vsconvert.asp?print=true)
Nant Slingshot & Solution Tasks (http://nant.sourceforge.net)
SharpDevelop VS.Net Importer/Exporter

I think it would be more advantageous to mono users to have a utility like
this than just an implementation of MSBuild.  

What are your thoughts?
Is anyone interested in helping out?
Would this be useful for Mono users?

Brian Nantz

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