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MSBuild is the new build platform for Microsoft and Visual Studio. This section contains conceptual information about MSBuild.

MSBuild Concepts

Explains the concepts behind properties, tasks, targets, and other MSBuild components.

New Methods for Manipulating Items and Properties (MSBuild)

Describes how to define an Item Definition Group as well as how to dynamically create, delete, and change properties in an Item Group.

Resources for Troubleshooting MSBuild Errors

Contains links to external resources that can help you find solutions to MSBuild errors.

Security Warning Dialog Box (MSBuild Project File)

Describes the security dialog box that appears when Visual Studio attempts to open a potentially unsafe project file.

MSBuild Special Characters

Lists characters that MSBuild reserves for special use in specific contexts.