Why doesn't Visual Studio include my referenced library project in my build?

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last updated: 2016-12

Visual Studio uses the Configuration Manager to determine which projects in a solution are automatically included in a given build or deployment configuration.

Some templates that are generated with a referenced library project will already have the referenced library included in the configuration; but otherwise it will need to be set manually.

How to use the Configuration Manager

  1. Open Build > Configuration Manager
  2. Select the configuration to customize, e.g. Debug | iPhone
  3. Select checkboxes for the projects you wish to include. Note: Greyed out boxes are handled automatically, and shouldn't need any changes.

Screencast of these steps: http://screencast.com/t/zLoQOpEn

Xamarin Workbook

If it's not already installed, install the Xamarin Workbooks app first. The workbook file should download automatically, but if it doesn't, just click to start the workbook download manually.