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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It’s the diversity that makes life so beautiful. NET types have designers. In my case, I want to create the code file below.

CodeSmith Generator – Creating Your First Template To Automate Code

Share on Google Plus Share. Share on Facebook Share. This property is a collection of ColumnSchema objects that represent each column in the selected table. Just like in ASP. CodeSmith allows the flexibility for anyone to create a new. This just gives CodeSmith Generator Studio some basic info regarding this template.

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Now we must begin to make this into a dynamic template based on our SourceTable property. This is a work in progress as there are many business objects.

Now we need to figure out how to build our list of parameters for the stored procedure. I can now generate many different classes based on this single template by simply changing my property values as needed. It is always best to start with an example of what you want the output to look like.

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Fill in the required information for the property directives we defined earlier. Go ahead and delete everything in this template file. So I guess that right off the bat, any developer will want to see what the software is capable of. In this example we use the construct to add logic to the template. ToLongDateString replaces the expression. This is the name that we will use to access the property in our template.


The Category attribute simply allows us to put our new property into a group of properties with the same category.

These are Author, Description, Namespace and Class name. The Name attribute tells CodeSmith what we want the property to be named in our template. For each bit of information you want to collect from the user, you need to add a property directive. NET we use the construct.

In order to be able to generate code based on a database table, the template must somehow know about this table. With my end result in the template editor, I must now start adding dynamic content. Now, in my tutorjal file I can see the property directive appear in my intellisense when typing the name of the property directive. Stay tuned for a few follow-up posts on CodeSmith Generator.

As I build on the previous template Improve codesimth expandI create a new template and export that. Let’s start with a simple change to make the Date Created comment dynamic.

So I paste this into the template editor below the CodeTemplate Directive. This can be any. For this purpose CodeSmith Generator allows for the creation of property directives. CodeSmith Generator allows me to automate this process. In our example, we have specified C as our language so that is what we use here. We will derive this tutorixl from the information in the SourceTable.


If I now save my template file and double click it in Windows Explorer it will open with the template properties pane. The TargetLanguage attribute is also used to syntax highlight the static content in a template in CodeSmith Studio.

NET type and, as long as they also create a designer for that type, it can be used in your templates. As you can see, the code between the tokens is simply just C. After adding all the dynamic content, my completed template looks as follows.

CodeSmith Generator — I love automating repetitive tasks when programming. And finally, the Description attribute allows us to provide a brief description of the template that will be shown in CodeSmith Explorer. July 26, November 2, 1 This type allows us to pick a table from a database and will then tell us anything we want to know about that table.

I just did this in CodeSmith Generator Studio itself. One thing I do is create a class with a set structure.

CodeSmith allows us to provide this contextual information to the template by specifying Property directives. You can even specify default values for a property directive by doing the following: And lastly, the Description attribute allows for a brief description of what the property will be used for in the template.

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