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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And finally, the Description attribute allows us to provide a brief description of the template that will be shown in CodeSmith Explorer. This just tells our template that we plan to make use of code found in an external assembly.

Obviously this is just scratching the surface and I hope to expand on this post in later articles. I can now generate many different classes based on this single template by simply changing my property values as needed.

There is much more to learn and see.

The Type attribute tells CodeSmith what type our new property should be. It’s the diversity that makes life so beautiful. For this purpose CodeSmith Generator allows for the creation of property directives. Obviously this is just a small bit of what CodeSmith Generator can actually do, but this simple example will give you some idea of the power that lies beneath.

Share on Google Plus Share. In my case, I want to create the code file below. July 26, November 2, 1 Just like in ASP. Let’s start with a simple change to make the Date Created comment dynamic. CodeSmith does not know anything about Schema Explorer, so we must instruct our template on how to find the SchemaExplorer.


This just gives CodeSmith Generator Studio some basic info regarding this template. What better way to do this than to create a template.

As you can see, the code between the tokens is simply just C. I just did this in CodeSmith Generator Studio itself. This might look daunting to codesmiith first time user, but believe me once you have rolled your own you will realize how easy this process is. The included Schema Explorer library is an example of this flexibility.

The review below will outline a very basic CodeSmith Generator template. Share on LinkedIn Share.

CodeSmith allows the flexibility for anyone to create a new. CodeSmith Generator — I love automating repetitive tasks when programming.

CodeSmith Generator – Creating Your First Template To Automate Code

Share on Pinterest Share. When you have done this, click on the Generate button. The content between these tokens is treated as expressions which CodeSmith Generator tutoorial at runtime. Share on Facebook Share. CodeSmith Generator creates a default template for you with some basic content. Stay tuned for a few follow-up posts on CodeSmith Generator.

One thing I do is create a class with a set structure. This is a work ttorial progress as there are many business objects.

In the example below, the result of DateTime. For each bit of information codemsith want to collect from the user, you need to add a property directive.


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Now we must begin to make this into a dynamic template based on our SourceTable property. The Name attribute must correspond to an assembly without the. What language you selected in the Language attribute from above will determine the language that you will need to use for your template logic.

You can even specify default values for a property directive by doing the following:. I have specific Visual Studio Templates for specific projects. Now we need to figure out how to build our list of parameters for the stored procedure. These are Author, Description, Namespace and Class name. In this case we use a type from CodeSmith’s included Schema Explorer library. In our example, we have specified C as our language so that is what we use here.

If I now save my template file and double click it tutorail Windows Explorer it will open with the template properties pane. The Category attribute simply allows us to put our new property into a group of properties with the same category.

After adding all the dynamic content, my completed template looks as follows.

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Download template source 3kb. The output from this example when the selected table is Northwind. CodeSmith Generator templates are really just plain text files containing one of three different content types.