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Building in Visual Studio 

Visual Studio 2005 provides tools 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.

Build Platforms

Explains how to manage platforms in Visual Studio.

How to: Prepare and Manage Builds

Explains how to set the build order and save options, and build or rebuild a solution or project.

Build User Interface Elements

Contains topics that describe user interface elements associated with building.

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.

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.

Modifying Project Settings

Explains how to set the properties of a Visual C++ project.

Batch Build Dialog Box

Explains how to perform batch builds of projects.