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Build Page, Project Designer (C#)

Updated: September 2009

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.

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With simplified build configurations, the project system determines whether to build a debug or release version. Therefore, these options are not displayed. To enable advanced build configurations, on the Tools menu, click Options. In the Options dialog box, expand Projects and Solutions, click General, and then select Show advanced build configurations. This gives you manual control over all configuration values and lets you choose whether a debug or release version is built. For more information, see General, Projects and Solutions, Options Dialog Box.

Configuration

Specifies which configuration settings to display or modify. The settings can be Active (Debug) (this is the default), Debug, Release, or All Configurations.

Platform

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 (Preprocessor Definition) (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.

Platform target

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 (Specify Output Platform) (C# Compiler Options).

Allow unsafe code

Allows code that uses the unsafe keyword to compile. For more information, see /unsafe (Enable Unsafe Mode) (C# Compiler Options).

Optimize code

Enable or disable optimizations performed by the compiler to make your output file smaller, faster, and more efficient. For more information, see /optimize (Enable/Disable Optimizations) (C# Compiler Options).

The following settings are used to configure the error and warning options for the build process.

Warning level

Specifies the level to display for compiler warnings. For more information, see /warn (Specify Warning Level) (C# Compiler Options).

Suppress warnings

Blocks the compiler's ability to generate one or more warnings. Separate multiple warning numbers with a comma or semicolon. For more information, see /nowarn (Suppress Specified Warnings) (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 (Treat Warnings as Errors) (C# Compiler Options).

None

Treats no warnings as errors.

Specific warnings

Treats the specified warnings as errors. Separate multiple warning numbers with a comma or semicolon.

All

Treats all warnings as errors.

The following settings are used to configure the output options for the build process.

Output path

Specifies the location of the output files for this project's configuration. Note that the path is relative; if you enter an absolute path, it will be saved as relative. The default path is bin\Debug.

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. To enable advanced build configurations, on the Tools menu, click Options. In the Options dialog box, expand Projects and Solutions, click General, and then clear the Show advanced build configurations check box. This gives you manual control over all configuration values and whether a debug or release version is built. For more information, see General, Projects and Solutions, Options Dialog Box.

XML documentation file

Specifies the name of a file into which documentation comments will be processed. For more information, see /doc (Process Documentation Comments) (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 always be generated. Serialization assemblies are named TypeName.XmlSerializers.dll. For more information, see XML Serializer Generator Tool (Sgen.exe).

Advanced

Click to display the Advanced Build Settings Dialog Box (C#) dialog box.

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September 2009

Updated description for Generate Serialization Assembly

Content bug fix.

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