BuildVision is a Visual Studio extension to visualize the building process. It's my favorite extension. I recommend it for all .NET developers. You can grab the extension from the Visual Studio Gallery (latest release).
All releases and pre-releases are available in Releases. Supports Visual Studio 2013, 2015, 2017.
Installation and startup
- Install the VSIX package and restart Visual Studio.
- Open BuildVision tool window from Main Menu: "View → Other Windows → BuildVision".
BuildVision activates when Visual Studio starts the process of building, rebuilding or cleaning projects (solution).
BuildVision tool window and Visual Studio Status Bar displays the current state of the process, for example: "Build solution 'MyApplication' started at 18:24:12 ..." or "Clean project 'MyProject' completed successfully at 18:25:20".
During the process, for each project, the following columns are updated: State, Build Start Time, Build End Time, Elapsed Time, etc., as well as Errors, Warnings and Messages produced by MSBuild.
Indicators Panel, which is located above the table of projects, displays total number of errors, warnings and messages produced by MSBuild, the number of failed projects and successfully processed.
This little extension shows you the status of your build process, how long it took, and most importantly, errors (if any), that occurred during the build. What’s nice about this, is the errors are grouped under each project, so it’s much easier to navigate than going through a flat list in the Errors output:
You can configure BuildVision via "Tools → Options... → BuildVision".