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Incremental Compilation in C#

We're doing extreme programming in Java and in C#.

Incremental compilation really helps. When we use the eclipse IDE, each .java file is compiled when we save it. This means we don't have to wait for a big build. At a previous job some of us used JBuilder and some used eclipse. The JBuilder people spent a lot of time waiting for builds...

When we work in C# we've also got to wait for the project/solution to get built. I've heard that C# can do incremental compilation, but how do you actually enable it?

Any information about this would be appreciated.


Dafydd Rees
Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Project properties, Configuration Properties, Advanced, Incremental build = True.

Or /incremental[+ | -] if you're using the command-line compiler.

Note that XML documentation files don't build if you're doing incremental builds.

Mike Gunderloy
Tuesday, January 21, 2003

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