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Support web.config style Transforms on any file in any project type

Web.config Transforms offer a great way to handle environment-specific settings. XML and other files frequently warrant similar changes when building for development (Debug), SIT, UAT, and production (Release). It is easy to create additional build configurations to support multiple environments via transforms. Unfortunately, not everything can be handled in web.config files many settings need to be changed in xml or other "config" files.

Also, this functionality is needed in other project types - most notably SharePoint 2010 projects.

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    Chuck FieldsChuck Fields shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Update 2/14/2017 – I am happy to announce that we have updated the SlowCheetah extension to work with Visual Studio 2017 and 2015. You can install the extension from the VS marketplace: https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=WillBuikMSFT.SlowCheetah-XMLTransforms

    We are also in the process of adding support for additional project and file types. For the latest development news for the extension, check out the GitHub repo: https://github.com/sayedihashimi/slow-cheetah

    Please let us know if you run into any issues by reporting them at the issue tracker on SlowCheetah’s GitHub page.

    Note: if you installed the preview extension for Visual Studio 2015, please be sure to remove it before installing the new one to avoid conflicts.

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      • Andy KAndy K commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Now that SlowCheetah will no longer be supported, it would be great if this functionality could finally be included in Visual Studio.

      • Brian ReischlBrian Reischl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Since SlowCheetah support has been discontinued we really need to have this added to the core. Or make SlowCheetah a supported extension.

      • Michael LevyMichael Levy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm really surprised that this functionality has not already been implemented for the service and executable project types. Considering the common SDLC workflow of moving an application from dev to test and then production along with the consistent use of the app.config, not having this feature creates a burden on the dev(ops) team.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This feature is required in pretty much any project I have worked on in the past 10 years. We have had to use custom solutions until slowCheetah came about. Now it is time to implement this in VS as it should have been from the start.

      • Ryan CrawCourRyan CrawCour commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        if I could give this more votes I would! config transforms are such a pain to work with (ESPECIALLY IN WEB PROJECTS). Slow Cheetah makes this easier. Without proper config transports CI, Dev, etc. become a nightmare.

      • Daniel HedeniusDaniel Hedenius commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just like for many others here, SlowCheetah has been a crucial part of our CI environment for a long time now, making it possible for us to run many different environments. As so many before me have stated, this really should be integrated into Visual Studio.

      • William BosackerWilliam Bosacker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is just one more of those things that VS should have included out-of-the-box, but Microsoft screwed up as usual. Since the author of SlowCheetah has announced that he can no longer support it, and it does have some compatibility issues, this *MUST* be added to the core design of VS projects. This has be available for web.config files for quite some time, and there is absolutely no reason why it shouldn't be expanded to every .config file that an application may have (this includes multiple .config files per project).

      • Robert HuntRobert Hunt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with previous comments made. Slow Cheetah (or something like it) is essentially for cleanly deploying to different environments. Without it, we're back to pre and post build hacks.

      • Graham EadesGraham Eades commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please integrate the SlowCheetah project into VS. The work has been done and this is a crucial tool for CI or anyone else having to migrate applications across many environments. With all the wonderful tools that have been included in vanilla VS this one should be a no brainer! If nothing else, at least integrate it into the power tools project.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Having build configuration transformations is crucial for keeping our entire system in sync upon CI build. My solution contains multiple project types (windows services, MVC apps, WCF services) that all need to be configured in a consistent manner for different customers. This type of functionality (currently provided by SlowCheetah) is crucial to that end.

      • Mark LintellMark Lintell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Surely its a no brainer. The functionality of the SlowCheetah extension should be included in the vanilla version of Visual Studio! MS please pick this up!

      • LennyKLennyK commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        One of the most useful VS add-ins I've ever seen! Please continue support!

      • Paul CoffeyPaul Coffey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add this feature. Not having config transforms in WPF, and other project types, is a real pain for deployment and continuous integration.

      • Wade SharpWade Sharp commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        MS please pick this up. There are so many needs to have transforms on other file types other than web config and app config. You allow us to extract appsettings and connectionStrings and other sections, however you will not support adding transforms on them??? This is a must have extension or must be added to VS2014.

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