Blog: NuGet

Implement custom MSBuild tasks and distribute them via NuGet

January 31, 2017, (updated on February 2, 2017), Software Development

In this article describes how to implement MSBuild tasks with inline C# or in an external .NET assembly. After doing so, we will bundle these tasks in a NuGet package, so that they can easily be distributed and updated via NuGet and executed as part of the MSBuild compilation process. This is a powerfull technique to share and manage MSBuild tasks (e.g. build scripts, code generators, etc.) in bigger environments (enterprises, open-source libraries, common/shared tasks). Write simple task with inline C# First we implement an MSBuild task with inline C# code. For the purpose of this article, a simple “Hello […] Read more...

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.NET Core: Missing mscorlib after installing a Portable Class Library (PCL) or .NET Standard library

October 3, 2016, (updated on October 4, 2016), Software Development

.NET Core projects can reference Portable Class Libraries if one of the .NET Standard compliant profiles is used (e.g. the profile 259). However, after installing a PCL NuGet package in a .NET Core projects, you may end up with the following compiler error: The type '???' is defined in an assembly that is not referenced. You must add a reference to assembly 'mscorlib, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089'. To fix this, just install the following PCL compatibility NuGet in your project: Microsoft.NETCore.Portable.Compatibility The package provides bindings for the missing “mscorlib” so that the project can be compiled without problems. Read more...

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