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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We will now add our CodeTemplate Directive. We do this by adding an Assembly directive. Let’s start with a simple change to make the Date Created comment dynamic. When the template is executed, this expression will be expanded to the current date in long date form. 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.

We will use this information to drive our codezmith.

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August 28, November 2, 7 The Type attribute tells CodeSmith what type our new property should be. The Name attribute must correspond to an assembly without the. The output from this example when the selected table is Northwind. NET type that has a designer most built-in.

Obviously this is just a small bit of tutorkal CodeSmith Generator can actually do, but this simple example will give you some idea of the power that lies beneath. Just like in ASP. We will derive this list from the information in the SourceTable. In this example we use the construct to add logic to the template. In the example below, the result of DateTime.

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This just tells our template that we plan to make use of code found in an external assembly. You can see that I have added four property directives below the CodeTemplate Directive.

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I can now generate many different classes based on this single template by simply changing my property values as tutirial. These are Author, Description, Namespace and Class name.

The Category attribute simply allows us to put our new property into a group of properties with the same category. This type allows us to pick a table tutorail a database and will then tell us anything we want to know about that table. CodeSmith Generator — I love automating repetitive tasks when programming.

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 allows me to automate this process. In this case we use a type from CodeSmith’s included Schema Explorer library. For this purpose CodeSmith Generator allows for the creation of property directives. CodeSmith Generator creates a default template for you with some basic content.

NET type and, as long as they also create a designer for that type, it can be used in your templates.


Share on Digg Share. Stay tuned for a few follow-up posts on CodeSmith Generator. This property is a collection of ColumnSchema objects that represent each column in the selected table.

NET we use the construct. I just did this in CodeSmith Generator Studio itself. One thing I do is create a class with a set structure. This is a work in progress as there are many business objects. It is always best to start with an example of what you want the output to look like. One thing codexmith they suggest when creating a new template which make total sense is to start with the end result.

And lastly, the Description attribute allows for a brief description of what the property will be used for in the template. CodeSmith allows us to provide this contextual information to the template by specifying Property directives.

You can also see the description of the specific property directive in the little pop-up next to tutoorial property. It uses a syntax very similar to ASP.

Download template source 3kb. Go ahead tutprial delete everything in this template file. CodeSmith Generator templates are really just plain text files containing one of three different content types.