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 allows the flexibility for anyone to create codesmitg new. In this example we use the construct to add logic to the template. And finally, the Description attribute allows us to provide a brief description of the template that will be shown in CodeSmith Explorer.

Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. 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 Generator – Creating Your First Template To Automate Code

One thing that they suggest when creating a new template ttutorial make total sense is to start with the end result. You can even specify default values for a property directive by doing the following: With my end result in the template editor, Tutoria must now start adding dynamic content.

The output from this example when the selected table is Northwind. So I guess that right off the bat, any developer will want to see what the software is capable of. NET types have designers.


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As you can see, the code between the tokens is simply just C. This just tells our template that we plan tutorjal make use of code found in an external assembly.

In order to be able to generate code based on a database table, codewmith template must somehow know about this table. Here is a simple example of outputing each column in the table.

This type allows us to pick a table from a database and will then tell us anything we want to know about that table.

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CodeSmith Generator creates a default template for you with some basic content. For this purpose CodeSmith Generator allows for the creation of property directives.

Let’s start with a simple change to make the Date Created comment dynamic. NET type and, as long as they also create a designer for that type, it can be used in your templates. NET type that has a designer most built-in. The Category attribute simply allows us to put our new property into a group of properties with the same category. When codewmith have done this, click on the Generate button. CodeSmith allows us to provide this contextual information to the template by specifying Property directives.

One thing I do is create a class cldesmith a set structure. If I now save my template file and double click it in Windows Explorer it will open with the template properties pane. CodeSmith Tools have a very comprehensive documentation wiki. Now, in my code file I can see the property directive appear in my intellisense when typing the name of the property directive.


So I paste this into the template editor below the CodeTemplate Directive. August 28, November 2, 7 CodeSmith does not know anything about Schema Explorer, so we must instruct our template on how to find the SchemaExplorer.

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. The included Schema Explorer library is an example of this flexibility. CodeSmith Generator templates are really just plain text files containing ttuorial of three different content types.

Share on LinkedIn Share. After adding all the dynamic content, my completed template looks as follows. We will derive this list from the information in the SourceTable. The Name attribute must correspond to an assembly without the. The TargetLanguage attribute is also used to codesmitj highlight the static content in a template in CodeSmith Studio.

I can now generate many different classes based on this single template by simply changing my property values as needed. Share on Pinterest Share. Now we must begin to make this into a dynamic template based on our SourceTable property.