[MonoDevelop] Build and Deploy ASP.NET MVC Project

Michael Hutchinson m.j.hutchinson at gmail.com
Tue Apr 2 21:15:42 UTC 2013

TBH I would suggest looking at the areas that matter to you personally :)

On 29 March 2013 23:50, Marcelo Zabani <mzabani at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks a lot for the answer, the link to your blog post and the
> Microsoft.WebApplication.targets file.
> Although I would certainly enjoy having a powerful xbuild system and a
> completely automated deploy script, these are not top priority for me right
> now. I would love, however, to help with ASP.NET where I can, since I'm an
> avid user of mod_mono and xsp.
> Do you, by chance, have any pointers on what areas of ASP.NET need more
> attention right now and where to look at to be able to help? I would love to
> spend a couple hours every weekend trying to improve ASP.NET on mono.
> Thanks,
> On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 7:03 PM, Michael Hutchinson
> <m.j.hutchinson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 27 March 2013 09:50, Marcelo Zabani <mzabani at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > What happens when I build a ASP.NET MVC project? I mean how does
>> > MonoDevelop
>> > create a build command? I have successfully built with xbuild
>> > /property:Configuration=Release MySolution.sln. Is this what MonoDevelop
>> > do?
>> MonoDevelop currently build most project types using its internal
>> build engine, unless you enable the experimental xbuild engine. For
>> more details, see
>> http://mjhutchinson.com/journal/2012/08/19/state_msbuild_support_monodevelop
>> > Also and more important, what happens when I use the Deploy to Web
>> > functionality? What command is used by MonoDevelop? I have gone crazy
>> > over
>> This is currently done with MD's internal deployment infrastructure.
>> Essentially, it copies the project's content and output files to a
>> directory. It deploys to ssh by mounting the remote directory using
>> sshfs and copying the files to the mounted directory.
>> > mdtool, xbuild and google and can't find a suitable solution to this.
>> > And one last thing. Apparently my Web.Config.Release and
>> > Web.Config.Debug
>> > transformations are not used at all. Is this a matter of improving the
>> > .csproj files to apply the appropriate transformations for ASP.NET
>> > projects?
>> Correct, these transformations are not currently supported.
>> Unfortunately, adding full support for the MS compile/deploy features
>> is quite a lot of work. Ideally, we would enable the xbuild engine for
>> Web projects, and improve complete Mono's implementation of
>> Microsoft.WebApplication.targets (would need to *cleanly* reverse
>> engineered the MS version). Mono's Microsoft.WebApplication.targets
>> does not support many of the publishing/deployment features that the
>> MS version does - you can see Mono's are very bare-bones
>> (https://github.com/mono/mono/blob/master/mcs/tools/xbuild/xbuild/Microsoft.WebApplication.targets)
>> and we don't have an implementation of
>> Microsoft.Web.Publishing.targets at all.
>> > If so, can I help with anything to get this done?
>> Sure, we really need contributors for MD's & Mono's ASP.NET support.
>> You could start out by building MD/Mono from source, then try
>> implementing the features you care about (but make sure you read
>> http://www.mono-project.com/Contributing#Important_Rules). And feel
>> free to ask here and on the mono-devel-list if you need pointers :)
>> --
>> Michael Hutchinson
>> http://mjhutchinson.com
> --
> Marcelo Zabani

Michael Hutchinson

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