03 April 2007

Intro to MSBuild Presentation Download

Here is the presentation that I gave at Code Camp 7: Deer in the Headlights entitled "Can We Build It? Yes We Can! An Introduction to MSBuild". The zip file comes in at a whopping 19.6mb because of all the Camtasia video that I used. I also packaged in the Powerpoint viewer for anyone that doesn't have Powerpoint on their machine.

Viewing notes:

When you get to a demo slide, just move the mouse around until you see the cursor change to a hand and then click. The video will start. Click again to pause it. When the video completes, use the right arrow key to go to the next slide.


If you download this, please let me know what you think of it. I'm still working on refining the content. Leave a comment with the good, the bad and the good...(especially the good, I need the ego boost).

Second Request:

If you attended my session and feel like leaving a comment on how it went I'd also appreciate any and all feedback. That was my first time in front of an audience of non-coworkers and I was a bit edgy. I'd like to know what you though of it.

UPDATE: The original presentation download was lost in a fiery database crash at ManicProgrammer.com. I've updated the link below to an updated "Intro to MSBuild" presentation.

Presentation Download

Thanks for putting up with me for an hour and a half!

- Steve


Surjeet said...

Hi Steeve,

I had attended your session in CC7 this weekend and I thought it was very helpful and practical.

I am using MSbuild here at work and found that your presentation provided insight into a lot of things.

I had one question... For projects other that web projects there are tools (or one can hash out his own tool with few lines of code) to convert VS2003 projects to MSbuild format.

But for web projects I don't know of any such utility. One needs to spend a lot of time to open each web project in VS2005 and convert it manually. Do you know of any process/tool that one can use for converting the VS2003 Web projects to MSbuild format (specially when you dont have VS2005 installed on build machine).


Steven St Jean said...


Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad to hear that you found it useful.

I don't know of any tool on the market or open source that will convert a VS 2003 web app to a VS 2005 web site or web application. I've only ever used the method that Scott Guthrie outlined to migrate the VS 2003 web project to the VS 2005 web application project.

The conversion wasn't all that terible, although if you have a large number of projects I can see where it would become bothersome rather quickly.

Once you get the project converted you shouldn't need to have VS 2005 on the build machine to compile it.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I downloaded your presentation but the videos don't have any sound. I downloaded Camtasia's codecs and they work fine since i'm able to watch/listen to dnrTV episodes.

Steven St Jean said...

The videos don't have any audio tracks to them. They were embedded within the presentation and I talked through them to explain what was going on. Some have balloon callouts that describe the points I was trying to make.

The intent wasn't stand-along movies but rather to save the folks in the audience from having to watch me mistype everything.

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