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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I can now generate many different classes based on this single template by simply changing my property values as needed. One thing that they suggest when creating a new template which make total sense is to start with the end result. The Type attribute tells CodeSmith what type our new property should be. Share on Google Plus Share. These are Author, Description, Namespace and Tuforial name.

This is a work in progress as there are many business objects. CodeSmith codeesmith the flexibility for anyone to create a new. When you have done this, click on the Generate button. What language you selected in the Language attribute from above will determine the language that you will need codesnith use for your template logic. July 26, November 2, 1 NET we use the construct.

CodeSmith Generator – Creating Your First Template To Automate Code

It uses a syntax very similar to ASP. In our example, we have specified C as our language so that is what we use here. This just tells our template that we plan to make use of code found in an external assembly. We will derive this list from the information in the SourceTable. Download template source 3kb.


CodeSmith does not know anything about Schema Explorer, so we must instruct our template on how to find the SchemaExplorer. So I guess that right off the bat, any developer will want to see what the software is capable of. So I paste this into the template editor below the CodeTemplate Directive.

Now we need to figure out how to build our list of parameters for the stored procedure. For this purpose CodeSmith Generator allows for the creation of property directives. What better way to do this than to create a template. In order to be able to generate code based on a database table, the template must somehow know about this table.

As you can see, the code between the tokens is simply just C. The included Schema Explorer library is an example of this flexibility. If I now save my template file and double click it in Windows Explorer it will open with the template properties pane.

There is much more to learn and see. With my end result in the template editor, I must now start adding dynamic content. August 28, November 2, 7 And lastly, the Description attribute allows for a brief description of what the property will be used for in the template. For each bit of information you want to collect from the user, you need to add a property directive.

Share on LinkedIn Share. In this example we use the tutorkal to add logic to the template. CodeSmith Generator templates are really just plain text files containing one of three different content types. It is always best to start with an example of what you want the output to look like.


The Category attribute simply allows us to put our new property into a group of properties with the same category. In this case we use a type from CodeSmith’s included Schema Explorer library. We will use this information to drive our template. When the template is executed, this expression will be expanded to the current date in long date form.

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Here is a simple example of outputing each column in the table. Share on Facebook Share.

Now we must begin to make this into a dynamic template based on our SourceTable property. The output from this example when the selected table is Northwind.

This might look daunting to a rutorial time user, but believe me once you have rolled your own you will realize how easy this process is. Fill in the required information for the property directives we defined earlier.

The review below will outline a very basic CodeSmith Generator template. You can even specify default values for a property directive by doing the following: You can also see the description of the specific property directive in the little pop-up next to the property. The content between these tokens is treated as expressions which CodeSmith Generator evaluates at runtime.

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