This package enables you to transform your app.config or any other XML file based on the build configuration. It also adds additional tooling to help you create XML transforms.. Written by: Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi, Chuck England and Bill Hiebert
We had several self-inflicted wounds with accidentally testing applications that had config entries that pointed to production instead of the quality assurance environment. Because of this we searched and found Slow Cheetah that let us separate the configs into Development, QA, and Production. Things are a lot safer now. Thanks for creating this.
Watched the Visual Studio Toolbox video on this some time ago, but have only just installed it. The tool is great and Its saving me heaps of time! No more building and deploying just to diff config files. Thanks for the work on this extension!
I have a unit test assembly that has a app.config, which has multiple configurations config files setup. I've installed SlowCheetah 2.5.1. When I compile and run the unit test assembly, the dll gets copied to the appropriate bin folder but the transform has not been performed on the app.config file. Is there anything I can check to see if I've done something wrong?
I am running the unit tests locally, there is no CI process involved at this stage.
When I use VS2012 and preview the Transforms they all look good and work as expected.
I have the following XML in my transform file, and when it replaces the defined setting, the closing "</value>" tag is wrapped down to the next line and my setting value has a "\r\n " tacked on the end of the email address. Any idea what is causing that?
<setting name="FinanceEmailAddress" serializeAs="String" xdt:Locator="Match(name)" xdt:Transform="Replace">
I've updated to the latest (2.5) and now all config files except for web.config do not transform on a publish using VS2012. My publish profile name is the same as the transform file suffix (Publish1 and myconfig.Publish1.config). The transform preview works correctly. The previous version was working fine with the publish profiles I created. The published config files are not modified in any way (they still retain the original last modified date). I also used the vsix from issue 46 and the transform did not occur.
Can you give specific steps? I just tried the following and it worked.
1. Create a new project
2. Add transform details to web.debug.config/web.release.config
3. Add foo.xml
4. Add Transform on foo.xml
5. Add transform details to foo.debug.config/foo.release.config
6. Publish to an Azure Web Site using MSDeploy
From what I can see it looks like its working
File System publish for web only supports extensibility from the command line. When publishing from VS the same extensibility doesn't exist in the UI. So there is nothing SlowCheetah can do here. For this the best thing to do is open a bug at connect.microsoft.com.
I am unable to get the "Add Transform" context menu item to appear for existing and new test projects, and am hoping someone out there has experienced a similar issue.
I'm running Visual Studio 2010 on Windows 7, and have the latest version of NuGet (2.1.31002.9028) installed (I install SlowCheetah via Solutions Explorer>Manage NuGet Packages).
I've tried starting VS as follows:
1) "devenv.exe /log" but that did not produce helpful info.
2) "devenv.exe /SafeMode" but experienced the same problem
3) As an administrator
I am having problems getting the endpoint on my app.config to do a transform that changes the address ( really the whole tag) in my windows service using the latest SlowCheetah 2.4.1 and using Visual Studio 2010. This is for a Windows Service .NET 4.0.
Do to size restrictions, I am removing the endpoint binding info I use the following code for the regular app.config:
<endpoint address="http://developmentServer/WebServices/MasterEngine/MasterEngineService.svc" binding="basicHttpBinding" bindingConfiguration="BasicHttpBinding_IMasterEngineService" contract="OverlayFarEnd.IMasterEngineService" name="BasicHttpBinding_IMasterEngineService"/>
And the app.Release.config is as follows:
<endpoint address="http://productionServer/WebServices/MasterEngine/MasterEngineService.svc" binding="basicHttpBinding" bindingConfiguration="BasicHttpBinding_IMasterEngineService" contract="OverlayFarEnd.IMasterEngineService" name="BasicHttpBinding_IMasterEngineService" xdt:Transform="Replace" xdt:Locator="Match(name)">
I have tried adding the client tag outside the endpoint, removing it etc...
The weird thing is that the connectionString does the transform, but the endpoint does not. Any ideas? I'm going off matching the name and i've copy and pasted it to each place to make sure it is correct.
Thanks in advance :(
I'm having the same problem.
I have 3 config files. app.Debug.config, app.Staging.config and app.Release.config.
Each of these files must point to a different service endpoint but it doesn't seem to be working.
Here's my original app.config:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<binding name="BasicHttpBinding_IInHouseService" />
contract="InHouse_LOCAL.IInHouseService" name="BasicHttpBinding_IInHouseService" />
<supportedRuntime version="v4.0" sku=".NETFramework,Version=v4.0.3" />
<assemblyIdentity name="PresentationFramework" publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" culture="neutral" />
<bindingRedirect oldVersion="0.0.0.0-188.8.131.52" newVersion="184.108.40.206" />
<assemblyIdentity name="Lucene.Net" publicKeyToken="85089178b9ac3181" culture="neutral" />
<bindingRedirect oldVersion="0.0.0.0-220.127.116.11" newVersion="18.104.22.168" />
Here's my app.Staging.config:
contract="InHouse_LOCAL.IInHouseService" name="BasicHttpBinding_IInHouseService" xdt:transform="replace"
Nice tool. It simplifies the process of kicking off automation runs in different environments, without the need to edit the app.config file. I have just a couple of issues with it:
- I can't debug different environments without editing the debug app.config. I wouldn't otherwise even need an app.debug.config file.
- When switching configuration and rebuilding, I get an error message that a test with the same id as (insert random test case) has already been loaded in the test editor.
- When debugging a web performance test, if I open the test case to watch the results while the test is executing, Visual Studio crashes. Since I can't debug a data driven web performance test case without opening to watch it execute, this is a major problem. I never had this problem before installing slowcheetah, so it is my prime suspect.
I have two xml files. 1. The source file. 2. The file that should be after applying the transformation. Is it possible to generate the SlowCheetah transformation xml by comparing these two files?
I am having problems determining how to fix this issue. Hoping someone with more insight into this can help...
I have a console app with an app.config transform for Debug / Release. In the csproj file, I have a PostBuildEvent command that executes a batch file. This batch file is supposed to copy the output of the build and the transformed .config file to another directory.
Looking at the build logs, the PostBuildEvent is executing *before* SlowCheetah transforms the config files. As a result, the (untransformed) app.config is getting copied--not the transformed version.
I have also tried moving the execution of the batch file into the AfterBuild task with the same results.
How can I force SlowChetah to execute before the batch file is executed?
A post build event is an event that is executed after the project is built. It does not specify whether it occurs before/after any other targets. In your case if you need to execute a target before/after transforms I would create a Target and then use the TransformAllFiles in the BeforeTargets attribute or the AfterTargets attribute of the target which you are creating. You can also place it in the DependsOnTargets value as well depending on your needs.
I tried using this with my Nlog.config added in worker role. Giving me strange error.
Error 163 The item "bin\Debug\NLog.config" in item list "OutputGroups" does not define a value for metadata "TargetPath". In order to use this metadata, either qualify it by specifying %(OutputGroups.TargetPath), or ensure that all items in this list define a value for this metadata. C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\v10.0\Windows Azure Tools\1.6\Microsoft.WindowsAzure.targets 2299 5 Insight.CloudWeb
My SO Question:- http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11790895/azure-worker-role-configuration-issue-while-using-slowcheetah-with-custom-config
I am building an application that uses the Salesforce API. I developed using the enterprise.wsdl from our sandbox Salesforce. I added the web reference by pointing to the file. It specifys the sandbox url. In my production config/build I would like it to point to live url. Can I use Slow CHeetah for this transformation and when publishing our Prod build will it work correctly?