Home > General Development > Overview of MSBuild, Part 2: From the Task Author’s Perspective Overview of MSBuild, Part 2: From the Task Author’s Perspective Eugenia Loli 2004-06-10 General Development 3 Comments This second of a three-part article series explains how to write, install, and debug your own tasks to enhance what is possible to build with MSBuild. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 3 Comments 2004-06-10 5:54 am Why O Why doesn’t microsoft just default to using Nant (http://nant.sourceforge.net/)??? Ant is the defacto build system with Java – and it really is impressive (with ant-contrib http://ant-contrib.sourceforge.net/) 2004-06-10 9:18 am Amen to that! Hail NAnt! Perhaps someone will eventually write MSBuild to NAnt transformation in XSLT? 2004-06-10 9:23 am My guess is that Visual Studio build system is too tangled with MSBuild to use other things, like NAnt… Think about dsp/dsw of VC6 and sln of VC7. NMake sucks. IMO MSBuild will suck too.