Jun 27, 2007

Nant Intellisense with Nant Contrib tasks and VS2005 nant Addin

Nant Intellisense with Nant Contrib tasks and VS2005 nant Addin.

First task is to generate the XSD (schema) file that needs to be added inorder to enable intellisense.
use the following Nant .build script to generate the nant.xsd file:

<project name="nant" default="go">
<property name="NAntContrib" value="c:\rohit\nantcontrib-0.85\bin" />
<target name="go">
<loadtasks assembly="${NAntContrib}\NAnt.Contrib.Tasks.dll" />
<nantschema output="nant.xsd" target-ns="http://nant.sf.net/nightly/2006-03-08-0.85/nant.xsd"/>

Build this script using nant:
nant /f:nantxsd.build
This will create the nant.xsd file.

Copy this file nant.xsd to 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\Common7\Packages\schemas\xml' on your system, or if you are using VS2005 then copy to "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Xml\Schemas".

In your NAnt build file (I make my with the extension .build) include this xmlns attribute:
<project xmlns="http://nant.sf.net/nightly/2006-03-08-0.85/nant.xsd" name="test" default="build">

Now you will get intellisense for all nant tasks as well nant contrib tasks.
To add the Nant Addin for VS2005.
Download Nant addin from:

Create a directory for Visual Studio Addins ex : "%Program Files%/Microsoft Visual Studio 8/Addins" Copy the NAntAddin directory along with the "NAntAddin.AddIn" file into it.

open VS2005. click Tools\Options.
Click on Envrironment\"Add-in/Macros Security"
Then click "Add" to add the "%Program Files%/Microsoft Visual Studio 8/Addins" directory.

Restart VS 2005.
Then click Tools\Add-in Manager.
Then check the checkbox against "NantAddin".

Now you will be able to run nant scripts or part of it directly from within VS2005.

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