Use the Build page of the Project Designer to specify the project's build configuration properties. This page applies to Visual C# projects only.
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The following options enable you to select the configuration and platform to display or modify.
With simplified build configurations, the project system determines whether to build a debug or release version. Therefore, these options are not displayed. For more information, see Debug and Release Project Configurations.
Specifies which configuration settings to display or modify. The settings can be Active (Debug) (this is the default), Debug, Release, or All Configurations.
Specifies which platform settings to display or modify. The default setting is Active (Any CPU). You can change the active platform using the Configuration Manager. For more information, see How to: Create and Edit Configurations.
The following options enable you to configure general settings for the build process.
Conditional compilation symbols
Specifies symbols on which to perform conditional compilation. Separate symbols with a space. For more information, see /define (C# Compiler Options).
Define DEBUG constant
Defines the DEBUG symbol. Selecting this is equivalent to using the /define:DEBUG command line option.
Define TRACE constant
Defines the TRACE symbol. Selecting this is equivalent to using the /define:TRACE command line option.
Specifies the processor to be targeted by the output file. Select x86 for any 32-bit Intel-compatible processor, select Itanium for the Intel 64-bit Itanium processors. select x64 for other 64-bit processors, and select Any CPU to specify that any processor is acceptable. For more information, see /platform (C# Compiler Options).
The following settings are used to specify which warnings are treated as errors. Select one of the following options to indicate under what conditions to return an error when the build encounters a warning. For more information, see /warnaserror (C# Compiler Options).
Treats no warnings as errors.
Treats the specified warnings as errors. Separate multiple warning numbers with a comma or semicolon.
The following settings are used to configure the output options for the build process.
Specifies the location of the output files for this project's configuration. Enter the path of the build output in this box, or choose the Browse button to specify a path. Note that the path is relative; if you enter an absolute path, it will be saved as relative. The default path is bin\Debug or bin\Release\. For more information, see Debug and Release Project Configurations.
With simplified build configurations, the project system determines whether to build a debug or release version. The Build command from the Debug menu (F5) will put the build in the debug location regardless of the Output path you specify. However, the Build command from the Build menu puts it in the location you specify. For more information, see Debug and Release Project Configurations.
XML documentation file
Specifies the name of a file into which documentation comments will be processed. For more information, see /doc (C# Compiler Options).
Register for COM interop
Indicates that your managed application will expose a COM object (a COM callable wrapper) that allows a COM object to interact with your managed application. The Output type property in the Application page of the Project Designer for this application must be set to Class Library in order for the Register for COM interop property to be available. For an example class that you might include in your Visual C# application and expose as a COM object, see Example COM Class (C# Programming Guide).
Generate serialization assembly
Specifies whether the compiler will use the XML Serializer Generator Tool (Sgen.exe) to create XML serialization assemblies. Serialization assemblies can improve the startup performance of XmlSerializer if you have used that class to serialize types in your code. By default, this option is set to Auto, which specifies that serialization assemblies be generated only if you have used XmlSerializer to encode types in your code to XML. Off specifies that serialization assemblies never be generated, regardless of whether your code uses XmlSerializer. On specifies that serialization assemblies should be generated. Serialization assemblies are named TypeName.XmlSerializers.dll. For more information, see XML Serializer Generator Tool (Sgen.exe).