NAnt Build Prompter

This is a very basic script that a co-worker named Rabid made for me. I don’t know this syntax but he does for all the group policy stuff we have at work. Basically the way I had it setup to manually do nant builds was I had three seperate .bat files. That did the following:

  • One for copying the build to the staging server

  • One for copying the build to the deployment server

  • One for doing a complete build and then copying to the staging server

It was kind of a pain to have seperate bat files because then I had to run a specific one depending on the build/deployment I wanted. So this is the script that a co-worker came up with NAnt Build Prompter

You can download it from my GoogleCode repository here :

The only thing you have to do is open the bat file, and change the path to nant.exe. The file is setup now with the following folder structure:
- trunk
- branches
- tags
- clickToBuild.bat

You only have to open the file and change the path to nant.exe. Maybe there is an easier way to do this but I haven’t tried it yet. Just thought I would share this as I have found it useful. Up to this point I just had 3 separate bat files. One for each build target. This is all running on my build server that is also running CruiseControl so when I need to update the production server, I log into the build server and kick off the deployment target.

If anyone wants to see the build file I am using let me know. It’s pretty much setup as a template now that I just copy to a new project and then change the variables. I’m sure everyone probably has something similar though.

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About Sean Chambers

I am a Senior software developer from Palm Coast, Florida. An advocate of Domain Driven Design, Behavior Driven Development, creator of FluentMigrator and community activist. I am married to my beautiful wife Erin and am the proud father of two wonderful children. I currently reside at ACI, a local insurance industry/mortgage software company that excels in creating solutions using Agile methodologies.
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