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Default and Custom Builds

Visual Studio .NET provides a platform for continuously testing and debugging applications as you build them. As each Visual Studio project is created, default project configurations are defined and default solution build configurations are assigned to provide context as they are built. Development teams can edit these default solution and project configurations as needed, and create new configurations by saving modified copies of the default ones.

In This Section

Builds During Application Development
Explains how Debug and Release builds are used, and introduces Build Configurations.
Build Configurations
Provides general background on how to prepare and use solution build configurations and project configurations.
Preparing and Managing Builds
Explains how to set the build order and save options, and build or rebuild a solution or project.
Creating and Editing Configurations
Explains how to use the Configuration Manager dialog box to create and manage solution build configurations and project configurations.
Creating and Removing Project Dependencies
Explains how to use the Project Dependencies dialog box to assign dependencies to projects and remove dependencies from projects.
Adding and Removing Project References
Explains how to add references to a project and remove references from a project.
Editing Project Properties
Explains how to use the <Projectname> Property Pages dialog box to edit the Common and Configuration properties of a project.

Related Sections

Using Solution Explorer
Describes how to access Solutions and Projects in Solution Explorer.
Managing Solutions, Projects, and Files
Explains how to manipulate project files in Solution Explorer.
Configuration Manager Dialog Box
Describes how to use the Configuration Manager dialog box to select and edit build configurations.
Solution Property Pages Dialog Box
Explains how to edit solution properties.
Setting Startup Projects
Explains how to set the startup project for a solution.
Startup Project, Common Properties, Solution Property Pages Dialog Box
Describes how to use the Startup Project property page for a solution.
Project Properties
Provides background on project properties.
<Projectname> Property Pages Dialog Box
Describes how to use the property page for a project.
Editing Project Properties
Explains how to edit project properties.
Setting Visual C++ Project Properties
Explains how to set the properties of a Visual C++ .NET project.
Setting Visual Basic Project Properties
Explains how to set the properties of a Visual Basic .NET project.
Setting Visual C# Project Properties
Explains how to set the properties of a Visual C# .NET project.
Optimizations, Configuration Properties, <Projectname> Property Pages Dialog Box
Describes how to use the Optimizations property page for a project.
Add Reference Dialog Box
Describes how to add references to projects.
Add Web Reference Dialog Box
Describes how to add references to Web projects.
Project Dependencies Dialog Box
Describes how to assign dependencies to projects
Project Dependencies, Common Properties, Solution Property Pages Dialog Box
Describes how to use the Project Dependencies dialog box.
New Solution Configuration Dialog Box
Describes how to create a new solution configuration.
Edit Solution Configuration Dialog Box
Describes how to edit or delete solution configurations.
New Project Configuration Dialog Box
Describes how to create a new project configuration.
Edit Project Configurations Dialog Box
Describes how to rename or delete project configurations.
Batch Build Dialog Box
Explains how to perform batch builds of projects.
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