Adding Visual Studio .NET 2003 Support for NAnt

posted @ Friday, May 6, 2005 11:08 AM

 

Ok, I spent a little time yesterday working on this so I thought I'd post it for future reference and to share. You can add support for NAnt build scripts within Visual Studio .NET 2003 with 4 steps. First, you need to create a template file that will be loaded every time you add an item through Visual Studio .NET. Something like the following will work well, remember to reference the schema.

<project 
xmlns="http://nant.sf.net/schemas/nant.xsd" 
default="build"></project> 

Save this file to the following directory:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003
\VC#\CSharpProjectItems

Now we need to create a .vsdir file so Visual Studio .NET knows about our new template. I've added a new vsdir file in the following directory:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\VC#\CSharpProjectItems\LocalProjectItems\Utility

Add the following content to your vsdir file, I called mine nant.vsdir.

..\..\default.build|0|NAnt Build File|10|A blank NAnt build file|0|0|0|default.build

Copy over the the nant.xsd schema file from the NAnt\schema directory to the following directory for Visual Studio:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\Common7\Packages\schemas\xml

Now we just need to tell Visual Studio to use the HTML Editor when editing our .build files. We can do this by make a quick addition to the registry. Run regedit and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio
\7.1\Editors\{C76D83F8-A489-11D0-8195-00A0C91BBEE3}\Extensions


and add a DWORD entry with a key of “build” and the value of 28. Close Visual Studio .NET 2003 if you have it open, reopen it, right-click on a project to add a new item and you should see something like this: