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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You can even specify default values for a property directive by doing the following: This type allows us to pick a table from a database and will then tell us anything we want to know about that table. CodeSmith Generator creates a default template for you with tuhorial basic content.

CodeSmith Generator – Creating Your First Template To Automate Code

It is always best to start with an example of what you want the output to look like. Share on Facebook Share. Now that we have setup everything that we will need to base our template on, we can begin writing our template content.

August 28, November 2, 7 When the template is executed, this expression will be expanded to the current date in long date form. As you can see, the code between the tokens is simply just C. He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix.

In this example we use the construct to add logic to the template. For this purpose CodeSmith Generator allows for the creation of property directives. In my case, I want to create the code file below. July 26, November 2, 1 For each bit of information you want to collect from the user, you need to add a property directive.


ToLongDateString replaces the expression. CodeSmith allows us to provide this contextual information to the template by specifying Property directives.

In the example below, the result of DateTime. The review below will outline a very basic CodeSmith Generator template. What better way to do this than to create a template. One thing that they suggest when creating a new template which make total sense is to start with the end result. So I guess that right off the bat, any developer will want to see what the software is capable of.

Let’s start with a simple change to make the Date Created comment dynamic. Ocdesmith, 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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Share on LinkedIn Share. You can also see the description of the specific property directive in the little pop-up next to the property.

Download template source 3kb. CodeSmith Generator — I love automating repetitive tasks when programming. The content between these tokens is treated as expressions which CodeSmith Generator evaluates at runtime. Now we must begin to make this into codesmitb dynamic template based on our SourceTable property.

We will use this information to drive our template. What language you selected in the Language attribute from above will determine the language that you will need to use for your template logic. And lastly, the Description attribute allows for a brief description of what the property will be used for in the template. So I paste this into the template editor below the CodeTemplate Directive. NET type that has a designer most built-in. With my end result in the template editor, I must now start adding dynamic content.


Obviously this is just scratching the surface and I hope to expand on this post in later articles. One thing I do codesmigh create a class with a set structure. We will derive this list from the information in the SourceTable.

We will now add our CodeTemplate Directive. The Name attribute tells CodeSmith what we want the property to be named in our template. Share on Digg Share.

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Share on Google Plus Share. CodeSmith does not know anything about Schema Explorer, so we must instruct our template on how to find the SchemaExplorer. It’s the diversity that makes life so beautiful.

Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. The Name attribute must correspond to an assembly without the. Fill in the required information for the property directives we defined earlier. I just did this in CodeSmith Generator Studio itself.

I have specific Visual Studio Templates for specific projects.