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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Share on Pinterest Share. You can even specify default values for a property directive by doing the following: In this example we use the construct to add logic to the template.

When the template is executed, this expression will be expanded to the current date in long date form. What language you selected in the Language attribute from above will determine the language that you will need to use for your template logic.

The review below will outline a very basic CodeSmith Generator template. The Name attribute tells CodeSmith what we want the property to be named in our template. With my end result in the template editor, I must now start adding dynamic content. So I paste this into the template editor below the CodeTemplate Directive. I just did this in CodeSmith Generator Studio itself.

And finally, the Description attribute allows us to provide a brief description of the template that will be shown in CodeSmith Explorer. The content between these tokens is treated as expressions which CodeSmith Generator evaluates at runtime.

There is much more to learn and see. As you can see, the code between the tokens is simply just C.

We do this by adding an Assembly directive. Share on Digg Share. I can now generate many different classes based on this single template by simply changing my property values as needed. CodeSmith does not know anything about Schema Explorer, so we must instruct our template on how to find the Tjtorial. So I guess that right cidesmith the bat, any developer will want to see what the software is capable of. You can also see the description of the specific property directive in the little pop-up next to the property.


The TargetLanguage attribute is also used to syntax highlight the static content in a template in CodeSmith Studio.

Now we must begin to make this into a dynamic template based on our SourceTable property. This might look daunting to a first time user, but believe me once you have rolled your own you will realize how easy this process is.

CodeSmith Generator – Creating Your First Template To Automate Code

CodeSmith Generator creates a default template for you with some basic content. This is a work in progress as there are many business objects.

Now that we have setup everything that we will need to base our template on, we can begin writing our template content. 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.

CodeSmith allows the flexibility for anyone to create a new. I have specific Visual Studio Templates for specific projects. Share on Facebook Share.

We will now add our CodeTemplate Directive. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix. CodeSmith Generator — I love automating repetitive tasks when programming. Just like in ASP. In our example, we have specified C as our language so that is what we use here. After adding all the dynamic content, my completed template looks as follows.


ToLongDateString replaces the expression. One thing I do is create a class with a set structure. In order to be able to generate code based on a database table, the template must somehow know about this table. What better way to do this than to create a template. Here we tell CodeSmith that we plan to use C as our template language, we plan to generate code for the T-SQL language and we also provide a description for what the template does.

CodeSmith Generator templates are really just plain text files containing one of three different content types. July 26, November 2, 1 We will derive this list from the information in the SourceTable. Obviously this is just scratching the surface and I hope to expand on this post in later articles.

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tutoria, This type allows us to pick a table from a database and will then tell us anything we want to know about that table. When you have done this, codesmiht on the Generate button. NET we use the construct. Now we need to figure out how to build our list of parameters for the stored procedure. Let’s start with a simple change to make the Date Created comment dynamic. CodeSmith Generator allows me to automate this process.

Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. It is always best to start with an example of what you want the output to look like. This tutoria, be any. Now, in my code file I can see the property directive appear in my intellisense when typing the name of the property directive.

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