I often need to include a timestamp in a build, either in naming a file or folder produced during the build, or using it in the content of a file.
MsBuild has built-in property functions that allow this to be fairly painless once you are familiar with the syntax.
The syntax for calling static methods is:
$([Namespace.Type]::Method(parameters if required go here))
The syntax for static properties is:
So you can generate a new guid during a build using:
Here’s a timestamp in ISO 8601 format.
<PropertyGroup> <_BuildDateAndTime>$([System.DateTime]::Now.ToString(yyyy-MM-ddThhmmss))</_BuildDateAndTime> </PropertyGroup>