Building an application

wim sturkenboom

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When building an application in VS2012 ultimate, there is the option in the properties to choose between debug and release or both. However changing this option does not have any effect. The only way I can switch between debug or release is via the build menu -> configuration manager.

So what is the option on the properties page for? I find it highly confusing that it does not select the desired build.
And why is the actual choice hidden away?
 

jmcilhinney

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The Compile page of the project properties does not let you select a Debug or Release build. It lets you set the properties of both Debug and Release builds. When you select a Debug build, the project is built according to the options you set in the project properties for a Debug build. When you select a Release build, the project is built according to the options you set in the project properties for a Release build. The Configuration Manager lets you select what configuration to build and the project properties lets you control what those configurations do when they're built.
 
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