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In our CI environment we build all the cs projects and then build the deployment projects. The deployment projects do an extra step of compiling the aspx & ascx files and often catch errors that would normally be caught at run time.

1) Is there a name for this step or process?
2) Can I get it in the regular project builds?
3) Where can I learn about the various steps of building specifically to msbuild?

Reading the logs in verbose I'd like to have a better understanding of what is actually happening.

Thank you.

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Is there a name for this step or process?

This additional step is the ASP.NET Compilation Tool, which compiles your aspx/ascx pages, to speed up first load times.

Can I get it in the regular project builds?

Yes - the AspNetCompiler Task will do this for you.

Or you can invoke aspnet_compiler.exe directly.

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