MSBuild Best Practices

We recommend the following best practices for writing MSBuild scripts:

  • Default property values are best handled by using the Condition attribute, and not by declaring a property whose default value can be overridden on the command line. For example, use

    <MyProperty Condition="$(MyProperty)" == ''>

        MyDefaultValue

    </MyProperty>

  • Avoid wildcards when you select items. Instead, specify files explicitly. This makes it easier to track down errors that may occur when you add or delete files.

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