CS Make VS MSBuild

Compare CS Make vs MSBuild and see what are their differences.

CS Make

Sake Build (by sakeproject)


The Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild) is the build platform for .NET and Visual Studio. (by dotnet)
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CS Make MSBuild
0 14
121 4,818
0.0% 0.5%
0.0 9.8
about 7 years ago 5 days ago
C# C#
Apache License 2.0 MIT License
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CS Make

Posts with mentions or reviews of CS Make. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects.

We haven't tracked posts mentioning CS Make yet.
Tracking mentions began in Dec 2020.


Posts with mentions or reviews of MSBuild. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-01-06.
  • The most interesting C# / .NET blogs and websites
    4 projects | dev.to | 6 Jan 2022
    You can't do without source files when you want to better understand what is happening "under the hood" of a particular system. For example, do you want to improve your understanding of how types from the standard library work? The source code of .NET Framework and .NET will help you to do that. Do you want to dig deeper into the compiler? No problem - here is the Roslyn's source code at your service. Do you need to look inside the build system? Here you go - the MSBuild code is also open-source. By the way, if you are interested in build processes, you may also find MSBuild Structured Log Viewer useful. It's a tool that allows you to work with MSBuild build logs in a convenient format.
  • OWASP Top Ten and Software Composition Analysis (SCA)
    3 projects | dev.to | 22 Oct 2021
    At the moment, we plan to implement the specified functionality for the C# analyzer. It's easy to obtain the list of dependencies for a C# project. Roslyn helps us a lot — our analyzer is built on its base. To be more precise, the main factor is the use of the same build platform (MSBuild) and a compiler for all C# projects. At the same time Roslyn is closely related to MSBuild. This makes obtaining the dependencies list trivial.
  • Standard File/Project Structure?
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/csharp | 20 May 2021
    https://github.com/dotnet/msbuild is up there too.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing CS Make and MSBuild you can also consider the following projects:

Cake - :cake: Cake (C# Make) is a cross platform build automation system.

NUKE - 🏗 The AKEless Build System for C#/.NET

Roslyn - The Roslyn .NET compiler provides C# and Visual Basic languages with rich code analysis APIs.

Psake - A build automation tool written in PowerShell

FAKE - FAKE - F# Make

FlubuCore - A cross platform build and deployment automation system for building projects and executing deployment scripts using C# code.

Albacore - Albacore is a professional quality suite of Rake tasks for building .NET or Mono based systems.

Invoke-Build - Build Automation in PowerShell

Nake - Magic script-based C# task runner for .NET Core