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What's New in Visual Studio .NET 1.1? : Page 4

Visual Studio .NET provides a new set of features designed to improve and enhance the development experience. Most of these changes have to do with user ergonomics and are typical of a minor release of a Visual Studio product. Only a few of the changes are related to the underlying platform.


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Build Events
Visual Studio .NET 1.1 introduces an old-time favorite and useful feature: build events. Build events let you specify command line instructions to execute in conjunction with the build process. In the Common Properties, there is a new item called Build Events (see Figure 7). The pre-build command line executes every time before the build starts. The post-build event is the more useful event. You may choose to provide command line instructions that automate parts or all of the deployment of the project's output. You can have Visual Studio .NET 1.1 fire the post-build event always, on successful builds only (the default), or when the build process updates the project's output. For example, if you develop a shared class library, your post build event can install the library in the GAC. To do so, you need to invoke the gacutil command line utility with the -i switch. Click the ... to bring up the Post-build Event Command line editor.


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