Koen about .Net

July 25, 2011

/temp/global.asax(1,0): error ASPPARSE: Could not load type

Filed under: Deployment — Tags: , , — koenwillemse @ 10:00

Since it’s my vacation I have some more time to work on my home project. I’m creating a web shop in ASP.NET MVC 3 and I’ve got a test TFS server running. I use this project to get some hands on experience in ASP.NET MVC 3 since the project I’m working on is still Webforms but I see more future in MVC. I’ve implemented a basic site where you get a view a list of products and some more details about them.

So my next step is that I want a CI build on the TFS server. I configured it and it seems pretty easy, but than I got the following error in my CI build (but I did not get it when building locally): “/temp/global.asax(1,0): error ASPPARSE: Could not load type …..”.

Eventually I found the problem. In the log file I saw the call to aspnet_compile, which is triggered because I set the property to build the views (MvcBuildViews). The problem is with the path which is supplied to the aspnet_compile command. I eventually fixed it by adding a condition to the AspNetCompiler build task in my web application project file. It now looks like this:

 <Target Name="MvcBuildViews" AfterTargets="AfterBuild" Condition="'$(MvcBuildViews)'=='true'">
     <AspNetCompiler VirtualPath="temp" PhysicalPath="$(ProjectDir)" Condition="'$(IsDesktopBuild)' == 'true'" />
     <AspNetCompiler VirtualPath="temp" PhysicalPath="$(OutDir)\_PublishedWebsites\$(ProjectName)" Condition="'$(IsDesktopBuild)' == ''" />
 </Target>

To get this working I defined a build property IsDektopBuild which I set to true in the Debug build configuration, which is the configuration I’ll build locally. I also defined a Debug CI configuration which does not contain this build property. Now I’ve got my CI build up and running. Next step is to add some specflow acceptance tests to see if they help me with controlling the quality of the code.

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