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Is there an easy way to find out why visual studio wants to rebuild my executable i.e. what source files have changed to require a rebuild? I would like to know without actually regenerating the executable (and changing its build date).

Andreas Gieriet 19-Feb-13 15:25pm    
What language? Depends very much on the language in use since that defines how dependencies are handled.
E.g. C# is completely different to C/C++.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 19-Feb-13 15:33pm    
If Visual Studio is used, all is done via MSBuild technology, no matter what languages are used. Project files describe dependencies and everything else in declarative way, time stamps are used...
The user can integrate any 3rd-party development tools.
Please see my answer.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 19-Feb-13 15:31pm    

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This is all done automatically, through MSBuild technology. The system uses both dependencies and time stamps, so incremental build never allows to rebuild anything which does not need rebuild. You can learn how to write custom project files and define dependencies, but you would only need it to create custom build steps (so called "Tasks" using MSBuild APIs, which are programmed as .NET assemblies), integrate third-party compilers or other build utilities, and for other advances purposes.

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What is "obj" folder used for when I created a C# project?[^].

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