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ToolTask Class

Note: This class is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

When overridden in a derived form, provides functionality for a task that wraps a command line tool.

Namespace: Microsoft.Build.Utilities
Assembly: Microsoft.Build.Utilities (in microsoft.build.utilities.dll)

public abstract class ToolTask : Task
public abstract class ToolTask extends Task
public abstract class ToolTask extends Task

This abstract class provides default implementations for the methods and properties of a task that wraps a command line tool.

The following example creates a ToolTask that runs MSIL Assembler (Ilasm.exe). The CommandLineBuilder, ToolLocationHelper, and TaskLoggingHelper classes are used to generate the information needed to run the task.

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Text;
using Microsoft.Build.Utilities;
using Microsoft.Build.Framework;

namespace MSBuildTasks
{
    /// <summary>
    /// A very simple and incomplete ToolTask to wrap the ILASM.EXE tool.
    /// </summary>
    public class ILAsm : ToolTask
    {
        #region Member Data
        /// <summary>
        /// Gets the collection of parameters used by the task class.
        /// </summary>
        /// <value>Parameter bag.</value>
        protected internal Hashtable Bag
        {
            get
            {
                return bag;
            }
        }

        private Hashtable bag = new Hashtable();
        #endregion

        #region ILAsm Task Properties
        /// <summary>
        /// The Source file that is to be compled (.il)
        /// </summary>
        public ITaskItem Source
        {
            get { return Bag["Source"] as ITaskItem; }
            set { Bag["Source"] = value; }
        }
        /// <summary>
        /// Either EXE or DLL indicating the assembly type to be generated
        /// </summary>
        public string TargetType
        {
            get { return Bag["TargetType"] as string; }
            set { Bag["TargetType"] = value; }
        }
        #endregion

        #region ToolTask Members
        protected override string ToolName
        {
            get { return "ILAsm.exe"; }
        }

        /// <summary>
        /// Use ToolLocationHelper to find ILASM.EXE in the Framework directory
        /// </summary>
        /// <returns></returns>
        protected override string GenerateFullPathToTool()
        {
            // Ask ToolLocationHelper to find ILASM.EXE - it will look in the latest framework directory available
            return ToolLocationHelper.GetPathToDotNetFrameworkFile(ToolName, TargetDotNetFrameworkVersion.VersionLatest);
        }
        #endregion

        #region ILAsm Task Members
        /// <summary>
        /// Construct the command line from the task properties by using the CommandLineBuilder
        /// </summary>
        /// <returns></returns>
        protected override string GenerateCommandLineCommands()
        {
            CommandLineBuilder builder = new CommandLineBuilder();

            // We don't need the tool's logo information shown
            builder.AppendSwitch("/nologo");

            string targetType = Bag["TargetType"] as string;
            // Be explicit with our switches
            if (targetType != null)
            {
                if (String.Compare(targetType, "DLL", true) == 0)
                {
                    builder.AppendSwitch("/DLL");
                }
                else if (String.Compare(targetType, "EXE", true) == 0)
                {
                    builder.AppendSwitch("/EXE");
                }
                else
                {
                    Log.LogWarning("Invalid TargetType (valid values are DLL and EXE) specified: {0}", targetType);
                }
            }

            // Add the filename that we want the tool to process
            builder.AppendFileNameIfNotNull(Bag["Source"] as ITaskItem);

            // Log a High importance message stating the file that we are assembling
            Log.LogMessage(MessageImportance.High, "Assembling {0}", Bag["Source"]);

            // We have all of our switches added, return the commandline as a string
            return builder.ToString();
        }
        #endregion
    }
}

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0
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