But to realize the full benefit of CodeSmith Generator in your day to day development tasks, you’ll need to write your own templates. In this tutorial, you’ll learn. Mar 10, CodeSmith Generator – Use a template driven approach to generate repetitive code with ease. Specify dynamic content via code & user. Jun 29, CodeSmith is a template-based code generator that can produce code Tutorials. 5. Working with CodeSmith. 5. Getting Started.

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CodeSmith Generator – Creating Your First Template To Automate Code

When the template is executed, this expression will be expanded to the current date in long date codesmlth. For each bit of information you want to collect from the user, you need to add a property directive.

It uses a syntax very similar to ASP. Coxesmith does not know anything about Schema Explorer, so we must instruct our template on how to find the SchemaExplorer. ToLongDateString replaces the expression. As you can see, the code between the tokens is simply just C.

In this example we use the construct to add logic to the template. NET type and, as long as they also create a designer for that type, it can be used in your templates. The TargetLanguage attribute is also used to syntax highlight the static content in a template in CodeSmith Studio. One thing that they suggest when creating a new template which make total sense is to start with the end result.


One thing I do is create a class with a set structure. This property is a collection of ColumnSchema objects that represent each column in the selected table. After adding all the dynamic content, my completed template looks as follows.

There is much more to learn and see. The output from this example when the selected table is Northwind. It is always best to start with an example of what you want the output to look like. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. So I paste this into the template editor below the CodeTemplate Directive.

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What language you selected in the Language attribute from above will determine the language that you will need to use for your template logic. When tutoial have done this, click on the Generate button. Now we must begin to make this into a dynamic template based on our SourceTable property.

I have specific Visual Studio Templates for specific projects.

This type allows us to pick a table from tutrial database and will then tell us anything we want to know about that table. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix.

For this purpose CodeSmith Generator allows for the creation of property directives. NET we use the construct. Fill in the required information for the property directives we defined earlier. CodeSmith Generator — I love automating repetitive tasks when programming.


And lastly, the Description attribute allows for a brief description of what the property will be used for in the template. NET types have designers.

Share on LinkedIn Share. This just tells our template codesmiith we plan to make use of code found in an external assembly. In our example, we have specified C as our language so that is what we use cpdesmith. Download template source 3kb. NET type that has a designer most built-in. We will derive this list from the information in the SourceTable. The review below will outline a very basic CodeSmith Generator template. The Name attribute must correspond to an assembly without the.

In order to be able to generate code based on a database table, the template must somehow know about this table.

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July 26, November 2, 1 So I guess that right off the bat, any developer will want to see what the codsemith is capable of. We will now add our CodeTemplate Directive.

Now we need to figure out how to build our list of parameters for the stored procedure. If I now save my template file and double click it in Windows Explorer it will open with the template properties pane. I just did this in CodeSmith Generator Studio itself.