Compile Views in an ASP.NET MVC Project

By default, an ASP.NET MVC project doesn’t compile Razor view code when you build it. Hence, errors in the views don’t get caught at compile time.

Sometimes, if I quickly want to see if a change has caused any compilation errors in my views, I’ll open my project file in a text editor and edit this element:


Set the value to true and you can see if your views compile. I’ll usually set it back to false when I’m done, though you certainly don’t have to.