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Pro NuGet by Xavier Decoster, Maarten Balliauw

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Using the NuGet Command Line

So far, you didn't need to leave the Visual Studio IDE for any operation you wanted to perform using NuGet. Actually, you'll rarely have to do that at all! The NuGet Visual Studio Extension provides a great integrated experience, one which many developers will quickly be able to adopt. “Then why is there a need for a command line?” you ask. The reason is straightforward: NuGet is a package management tool for the .NET platform. It is open source and freely distributed, and anyone should be able to benefit from its usage.

In some scenarios, you will fall back onto the NuGet command line however. One of them is continuous integration. We'll dive deeper into this topic in Chapter 7. Typically, a build environment contains ...

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