SlowCheetah - XML Transforms

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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

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by MGSman123 | June 30 2015

Excellent extension! Definitely essential to my VS toolbelt going forward. Works like a charm in VS2015 too. Just needed to tweak the vsextension xml inside the package :)

by Blue Ajaz | June 03 2015

by dittodhole | April 23 2015

by Tim Long | April 20 2015

5 stars, a genuinely useful tool whenever you need different connection strings, diagnostic logging (etc, etc) configuration for release vs. debug builds.

by MSreenath | March 17 2015

Hi Ibrahim,

Thanks for writing this great tool. I have a question regarding this tool.

Question 1:

How this tool will help if I am creating ONE setup project (msi project) for all my environments and have multiple configuration files ? How can I build and deploy in this case.

As far as I can see this tool works great if you are doing file copy deployment. It just does not make sense to create setup file (read msi) for each environment, if that route I am taking for this


Question 2:

I have 5 different applications (Three Console Applications, Two Windows Service and Two Web)

Can I keep a one master config file and update all these five applications without copying same settings to app.staging.confing likewise to all applications.

Again, it takes lot of time and create this tool, I myself struggled create such tool but it is far from the level you have reached.

Please let me know. I am waiting for your response.

Sree

by jhjhkl758 | March 12 2015

ddd

by Cosmin Vana | January 19 2015

by Victor Lindsey | January 16 2015

I really like this tool for Visual Studio (both 2010 and 2013), and cannot understand Microsoft's reluctance to adopt this as a standard feature for all future versions of the IDE.

I found that for me, using the VSIXinstaller for each edition of Visual Studio I'm using, worked well to get it installed. And I have to make sure that custom XML-styled configuration files are marked with "Copy always" or "Copy if newer".

by 程湘之間 | January 06 2015

It's a very good add-on for Visual Studio.
Maybe making a formal part of Visual Studio will be a good idea.

by Rehan Saeed | December 15 2014

Vote for this feature to be built into Visual Studio. Find out more here:

http://rehansaeed.co.uk/configuration-file-transforms-in-visual-studio-should-be-built-in/

by Omar Gameel Salem | December 08 2014

by Slammer17 | December 02 2014

Recently updated via nuget from :

<package id="SlowCheetah" version="2.5.10.3" targetFramework="net45" />


To



<package id="SlowCheetah" version="2.5.14" targetFramework="net45" />

and after this update, Slow Cheetah stopped transforming files within VS2013 Ultimate Update 4

I rolled back to 2.5.10.3 and it now works fine again.

by Josh Gallagher | October 15 2014

The simple mechanisms for replacing parts of XML that are used by
msdeploy on web.config are equally useful with any other config files.
SlowCheetah does a great job of extending that functionality in a
transparent way to other files.

by chris.morgan | September 04 2014

This extension has saved my countless hours setting up automated builds and continuous deployments. This is a must have if you need to do configuration file transforms during your build and deployment process.

by Gustin G | September 02 2014

Excellent tool - I use it in every project to achieve a clear configuration scenario.

by Thomas TwoAngel Rud Rasmussen | August 20 2014

Doesnt transforms, doesnt add new transforms, doesnt transform web.config as stated.

Soo, that's a no go im my environment

by Toons33 | July 21 2014

Terrific work -- the only problem with web.config can be solved with a little trickery (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/16225304/using-slowcheetah-config-transforms-on-web-config-in-a-3-5-web-forms-app).

THANK YOU SlowCheetah team.

by Victor Pascual Villanueva | July 15 2014

Making things a lot easier for Selenium testing across different browsers:

http://testingisland.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/how-slowcheetah-can-help-with-your-selenium-tests/

by Dmitriy N. Dokshin | July 08 2014

by Frank Fajardo | June 26 2014

Very useful. I like that it looks at the Publish Profiles, although be cautious when you rename a Profile, it does not rename the previously generated transform files. But you can always regenerate and delete the old.

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  • How to add additional transform.targets file or custom TransformXml rule
    1 Posts | Last post February 11, 2014
    • Hi,
      
      Is it possible to add custom .targets file with additional TransformXml rules? How do I go on adding my custom transform rules (for example I need the transformed configs to be created in a different directory)? I guess its not good idea to update the SlowCheetah.Transforms.targets file as it is generated and can get overwritten, as says the warning. Or is what I am trying to do achievable without writing a custom rule?
      
      Thanks
      Sudeep
  • Transformation not published with VTSO projects
    1 Posts | Last post January 29, 2014
    • I have VS 2012 u4 with SlowCheetah 2.5.10 and with two VSTO projects (Outlook 2010 Add-in & Word 2010 Template) the transformation work as expected at runtime but not at publish time. I get an error about config “has a different computed hash than specified in manifest” when trying to install the published project and when I look at the config.deploy file it is not the transformed config.
      
      I also done a Windows Forms Application project and everything is working as expected with that project so it let me think that this issue is only affecting VSTO projects.
  • Publishing transformed configs for all build configurations
    2 Posts | Last post January 28, 2014
    • Really like SlowCheetah, but there is one scenario which I couldn't get working out of the box.
      
      I have a web.config with the following transforms/configurations:
      Dev
      Test
      Acc
      Prd
      When I publish for Dev, only the Dev transform gets applied and put into the web.config.
      This is the standard behavior.
      
      What I actually want to do is build/publish once and deploy on any of the machines.
      After publish I want the resulting web.configs to look like this:
      Web.Dev.Config (transformed web.config for Dev)
      Web.Test.Config (transformed web.config for Test)
      Web.Acc.Config (transformed web.config for Acc)
      Web.Prd.Config (transformed web.config for Prd)
      
      Is this possible out of the box? Or do I need to change my build scripts manually?
    • Hi AranV,
      
      Did you ever figure out or get a response for this scenario?
      
      Thanks.
  • Problem in v2.5.10.3 ?
    1 Posts | Last post January 09, 2014
    • The SlowCheetah.Transforms.targets file that gets added seems to have an entry to v2.5.10.2 (Note .2!!)  
      
      Is this a mistake?
  • VS 2013
    1 Posts | Last post December 17, 2013
    • Is this supported in VS2013?
  • Missing reference
    2 Posts | Last post December 03, 2013
    • Hello
      
      I just downloaded the project from github and I'm trying to get it to compile. I've installed Visual Studio SDK and the NuGet packages but I get an error on the reference Microsoft.VisualStudio.ComponentModelHost (version 10.0.0.0). I guess it's because I use VS2012 (and thus VS2012 SDK, version 11.0.0.0). Are you still using VS2010? Is there a way around it so I can still use VS2012 or do I need to go back to VS2010?
      
      I've been using SlowCheetah for quite some time so I suppose I should help out with the development ;)
      
      /Chris
    • Finally got it to work. Had to do the following:
      
      Install VS2010
      Install VS2010 SDK
      Install VS2010 SP1
      Install VS2010 SDK SP1
      Install VS2012
      Install VS2012 Update 4
      Install VS2012 SDK
      
      Open the solution and download the missing Nuget packages.
      
      And you're all set!
      
      /Chris
      
  • Jenkins and Automatic Package Restore
    7 Posts | Last post November 26, 2013
    • The Jenkins service is running under the Local System account. Can it be that Automatic Package Restore is not correctly installing the SlowCheetah files in the AppData folder? The build is looking for them there, but can't find them:
      
      Project "C:\Tools\Jenkins\jobs\Test1\workspace\Build.msbuild" on node 1 (default targets).
      RestorePackages:
        "C:\Tools\Jenkins\jobs\Test1\workspace\.nuget\NuGet.exe" restore "C:\Tools\Jenkins\jobs\Test1\workspace\TestMain.sln"
      [..]
        Installing 'SlowCheetah 2.5.10.3'.
        Successfully installed 'SlowCheetah 2.5.10.3'.
      [...]
      "C:\Tools\Jenkins\jobs\Test1\workspace\Applications\TestMvc\TestMvc.csproj" (default target) (11) ->
      (TransformAllFiles target) -> 
        C:\Tools\Jenkins\jobs\Test1\workspace\Applications\TestMvc\Properties\SlowCheetah\SlowCheetah.Transforms.targets(150,5): error MSB4062: The "SlowCheetah.Xdt.TransformXml" task could not be loaded from the assembly C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSBuild\SlowCheetah\v2.5.10.2\SlowCheetah.Xdt.dll. Could not load file or assembly 'file:///C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSBuild\SlowCheetah\v2.5.10.2\SlowCheetah.Xdt.dll' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified. Confirm that the <UsingTask> declaration is correct, that the assembly and all its dependencies are available, and that the task contains a public class that implements Microsoft.Build.Framework.ITask. [C:\Tools\Jenkins\jobs\Test1\workspace\Applications\TestMvc\TestMvc.csproj]
      
      I checked with explorer and there is no AppData folder available under the Local System account.
      
      Regards,
      Marcel
    • PS: I'm using SlowCheetah v2.5.10.3 and this is my build script:
      
      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
      <Project ToolsVersion="4.0" DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003">
          <PropertyGroup>
              <OutDir>$(MSBuildThisFileDirectory)_Output</OutDir>
              <Configuration>Release</Configuration>
              <ProjectProperties>
                  OutDir=$(OutDir);
                  Configuration=$(Configuration);
              </ProjectProperties>
          </PropertyGroup>
      
          <ItemGroup>
              <Solution Include="$(MSBuildThisFileDirectory)*.sln" />
          </ItemGroup>
      
          <Target Name="RestorePackages">
              <Exec Command="&quot;$(MSBuildThisFileDirectory).nuget\NuGet.exe&quot; restore &quot;%(Solution.Identity)&quot;" />
          </Target>
      
          <Target Name="Clean">
              <MSBuild Targets="Clean"
                       Projects="@(Solution)"
                       Properties="$(ProjectProperties)" />
          </Target>
      
          <Target Name="Build" DependsOnTargets="RestorePackages">
              <MSBuild Targets="Build"
                       Projects="@(Solution)"
                       Properties="$(ProjectProperties)" />
          </Target>
      
          <Target Name="Rebuild" DependsOnTargets="RestorePackages">
              <MSBuild Targets="Rebuild"
                       Projects="@(Solution)"
                       Properties="$(ProjectProperties)" />
          </Target>
      </Project>
    • Sorry, I meant that there is no MSBuild folder under
      C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\Microsoft
    • I've installed the version 2.5.10 and it doesn't work anymore. Please fix or let me download the 2.5.9.1 version.
      
      Error	9	The "SlowCheetah.Xdt.TransformXml" task was not found. Check the following: 1.) The name of the task in the project file is the same as the name of the task class. 2.) The task class is "public" and implements the Microsoft.Build.Framework.ITask interface. 3.) The task is correctly declared with <UsingTask> in the project file, or in the *.tasks files located in the "c:\windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319" directory.	
      
    • Error	42	The "SlowCheetah.Xdt.TransformXml" task could not be loaded from the assembly C:\Users\MYUSER\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSBuild\SlowCheetah\v2.5.10\SlowCheetah.Xdt.dll. Could not load file or assembly 'file:///C:\Users\MYUSER\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSBuild\SlowCheetah\v2.5.10\SlowCheetah.Xdt.dll' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified. Confirm that the <UsingTask> declaration is correct, that the assembly and all its dependencies are available, and that the task contains a public class that implements Microsoft.Build.Framework.ITask.	
      
    • Just some extra info... I found the following folder (it's a x64 system):
      C:\Windows\SysWOW64\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSBuild\SlowCheetah\v2.5.10.2
      But it has no content inside :-(
    • Just noticed: version number of the package (v2.5.10.3) does not match the version number in the installed/searched path (v2.5.10.2). Don't know if that can cause this problem...
  • VS 2013 not transforming web.config in debug
    3 Posts | Last post November 21, 2013
    • I have a Web.Debug.config file that logs to a debug log file instead of the release version. In VS 2010, after I upgraded to the extension version 2.5.10, it would no longer transform web.config in debug mode. After I installed the NuGet SlowCheetah package 2.5.5, then would it start working again (installing the latest SlowCheetah NuGet did not work).
      
      After upgrading to VS 2013, even with using SlowCheetah NuGet 2.5.5, it's no longer transforming web.config in debug mode. I also tried NuGet package 2.5.10.3 and it still doesn't work. The Preview Transform function shows the correct transform being applied.
      
      Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    • For web projects the web.config transforms are invoked on package/publish, not on build. 
    • Any options to make the transform happen on local build as well? This will allows individual developer to override the team settings in the web.config.
  • Error on build
    1 Posts | Last post November 19, 2013
    • We are encountering the following error on many computer, we just downloaded the latest version, and we are trying it on VS2013:
      
      The "SlowCheetah.Xdt.TransformXml" task could not be loaded from the assembly C:\Users\Ahmad\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSBuild\SlowCheetah\v2.5.10\SlowCheetah.Xdt.dll. Could not load file or assembly 'file:///C:\Users\Ahmad\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSBuild\SlowCheetah\v2.5.10\SlowCheetah.Xdt.dll' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified. Confirm that the <UsingTask> declaration is correct, that the assembly and all its dependencies are available, and that the task contains a public class that implements Microsoft.Build.Framework.ITask.
      
      We tried to search the path, there is two folders:
      C:\Users\Ahmad\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSBuild\SlowCheetah\v2.5.10.2; this contains the vs extension,
      C:\Users\Ahmad\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSBuild\SlowCheetah\v2.5.10; this contains a copy of my project !!! what is that?
  • Error when building with SlowCheetah (SlowCheetah.Xdt.TransformXml)
    7 Posts | Last post November 13, 2013
    • Hi,
      I'm getting the following error message when trying to use SlowCheetah 2.5.10:
      
      Error	45	The "SlowCheetah.Xdt.TransformXml" task could not be loaded from the assembly C:\Users\hrcorval\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSBuild\SlowCheetah\v2.5.10\SlowCheetah.Xdt.dll. Could not load file or assembly 'file:///C:\Users\hrcorval\AppData\Local\Microsoft\MSBuild\SlowCheetah\v2.5.10\SlowCheetah.Xdt.dll' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified. Confirm that the <UsingTask> declaration is correct, that the assembly and all its dependencies are available, and that the task contains a public class that implements Microsoft.Build.Framework.ITask.TestSuitesUI
      
      
      This problem was not happening when using version 2.5.5, and it started happening after updating to this version.
    • Are you using Ncrunch?
      If you are you must include the slowcheetah package in Ncrunch.
      You didn't have to do this in verison 2.5.5
      
      http://tech.pro/blog/1586/making-ncrunch-build-projects-that-use-slowcheetah
    • And also another note, version 2.5.10.1 is the latest verison that runs well with Ncrunch. Version 2.5.10.2 and 2.5.10.3 causes the build error, even if you include the package :(
    • I'm not using Ncrunch yet, I'm just using NUnit framework. What I did was to install the SlowCheetah package from Visual Studio Gallery, add transforms in the configuration file and compile the solution. 
      I'm currently using VS Ultimate 2012 with .Net fwk 4.5
    • What issues are you having with 2.5.10.3? As far as I know most issues are fixed in 2.5.10.3.
    • I have been having a similar issue.  This was not fixed in the 2.5.10.3 install the files are not installed to 2.5 directory.
    • Me too.  Looks like a V1 folder was created at install and a V2.5.10 on build (saying "it looks like").  Copying the dll from the V1 folder to the V2.5.10 folder is a workaround.
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