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VB.net automatically populate the Trademark field with the current date as a Pre-build event

Posted on 2012-03-17
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I was asked the the following question by a client. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks

"One thing I would like to be able to do is automatically populate the Trademark field with the current date as a Pre-build event.

Have you ever seen this done?  Or does VS11 allow you to do this?

 I’ve never tried any pre-build events and it looks more complicated than I’d hoped.

Ideally  once I knew how to update this field I could also get the Assembly version to increase every time I published the project
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All that information is stored as attributes in a AssemblyInfo.vb file saved in the My Project directory by default. It also might be in the root directory of the project if the project was created in an older version of .NET. It could also have be renamed, in which case look for a file that contains something that looks like the following minus the first line that is discussed later:

'JBWoodwork  V0.14.412 (2012-03-17)

<Assembly: AssemblyFileVersion("0.14.412.0")> 
<Assembly: AssemblyVersion("0.14.0.0")> 

<Assembly: AssemblyTitle("JBWoodwork")> 
<Assembly: AssemblyDescription("Woodworking projects and inventory management system")> 
<Assembly: AssemblyCompany("Jacques Bourgeois")> 
<Assembly: AssemblyProduct("JBWoodwork")> 
<Assembly: AssemblyCopyright("Copyright © 2009-2012 Jacques Bourgeois")> 
<Assembly: CLSCompliant(True)> 
<Assembly: ComVisible(False)> 
<Assembly: NeutralResourcesLanguageAttribute("en")>

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Simply create an application that opens AssemblyInfo.vb, and makes the necessary changes to it. Call that application in the pre-built event command line.

You can add comments in that file without any problem, so if you want to have some kind of control over what is happening, such as recording the date to prevent the version number from being changed more than once a day, go for it, as I do in the above sample.
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Thanks very much
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