Turn on "Warnings as Errors" for all projects in a solution

It’s a habit of mine to always try to address any compiler warnings, as more often than not a warning is an indication that something is wrong with your code (even though it is still may be compilable). One way to ensure this is to make warnings cause a build to fail (just like errors do).

For a single project, you can turn this on within the Build tab of the Project Properties page:

Treat warnings as errors in Project Properties

If you have a large solution with lots of existing projects, this can be a bit tedious so I wrote a PowerShell script to automate the process. It finds all C# projects, and for each .csproj file updates every configuration block found and adds a new TreatWarningsAsErrors element. (If you don’t use TFS then just comment out the line that calls TF.EXE)

 Get-ChildItem -Recurse -Filter "*.*csproj" | % {
    Write-Host $_.Name

    $filename = $_.Fullname

    $proj = [xml]( Get-Content $_.Fullname )

    $xmlNameSpace = new-object System.Xml.XmlNamespaceManager($proj.NameTable)

    $xmlNameSpace.AddNamespace("p", "http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003")

    $nodes = $proj.SelectNodes("/p:Project/p:PropertyGroup[@Condition and not (p:TreatWarningsAsErrors)]", $xmlNameSpace)

    $touched = $false

    $nodes | ForEach-Object -Process {
        $e = $proj.CreateElement("TreatWarningsAsErrors", "http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003")
        $e.set_InnerText("true")
        $_.AppendChild($e) | Out-Null
        $touched = $true
    }

    if ($touched) {
        Write-Host "Checkout $filename"
        & "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\TF.exe" checkout $filename | Out-Null

        $proj.Save("$($filename)") | Out-Null
    }
}
Written on May 23, 2011