MSBuild Extras Toolkit for Asp.Net 1.1

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve recently found myself switching back and forth between Visual Studio 2003 and Visual Studio 2005 since I’m working on applications written in both Asp.Net 2.0 and Asp.Net 1.1. Most of the applications I’m working with right now are written in Asp.Net 1.1 and I’m not ready to update those components yet. In fact I’m not sure if I will ever update some of these as the are coming to the end of their life anyway. I will still need to support these apps and perform maintenance on the code even if I never add another feature.

I would prefer to just start working totally with VS2005 since it does have quite a few enhancements to the workflow that VS2003 does not contain. Well this has not really been possible until now. Enter MSBuild Toolkit for Asp.Net 1.1. I have not tried the component yet but their is a project over at GotDotNet workspaces that claims to allow you to build Asp.Net 1.1 projects using VS2005. I’m not sure how well it works yet, but I will be trying it soon. According to the project page: Since the release of MSBuild in .NET Framework 2.0, a very frequent customer request has been to provide a means for MSBuild to build .NET 1.1 applications. This demand stems from users who want to use Visual Studio 2005 and .NET 2.0 but need to continue servicing customers who use .NET 1.1.

MSBuild Extras – Toolkit for .NET 1.1 “MSBee” is an addition to MSBuild that allows developers to build managed applications in Visual Studio 2005 that target .NET 1.1. MSBee is a member of Power Toys for Visual Studio, developed by the Developer Solutions Team. Since it is built by the Microsoft Development Team, I’m sure it works as advertised so this may prove a good method for helping me to simply my development life a little. Look for the MSBee project at GotDotNet for more information.

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