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Using preview builds of xCAD framework for early visibility features


All production releases of xCAD.NET framework are automatically published to the Nuget.org.

All intermediate preview releases (from the dev branch) are published to the separate server in Azure dev ops which is publically available. All users can install the preview build to test new features.

Below are the instructions of settings up the nuget source which points to the preview nuget feed.

Adding new nuget source

  • Navigate to the Nuget Package Manager Settings in the Visual Studio

Nuget Package Manager settings
Nuget Package Manager settings

Adding new package source for xCAD nuget packages
Adding new package source for xCAD nuget packages

Installing the libraries from the preview nuget feed

  • Open the package manager as described in installation article
  • Select the Xarial from the source drop-down

Selecting Xarial package source
Selecting Xarial package source

  • Check Include prerelease option.

  • Now all the xCAD libraries from the preview feed are available. Install/update them in the same way as public releases

Pre-release versions of xCAD packages
Pre-release versions of xCAD packages

Versioning

Nuget packages from the preview feed would have a different versioning scheme:

v[Major].[Minor].[Revision]-[BuildNumber]

where [BuildNumber] is a date in and build index:

yyyyMMdd.Index

Major, minor and revision would always be higher of the public available version which will allow nuget to recognize this as an update.

Usage

It is only recommended to use preview versions of the library for testing purpose.

Note, that the version of the dlls will not include the build number and might introduce conflict with the publicly released version once it is released.

Dll version of xCAD library from preview build
Dll version of xCAD library from preview build

Once testing is complete, simply select nuget package source from the drop down and reinstall public version.


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