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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The content between these tokens is treated as expressions which CodeSmith Generator evaluates at runtime.

It uses a syntax very similar to ASP.

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The Codesmlth attribute tells CodeSmith what type our new property should be. This just gives CodeSmith Generator Studio some basic info regarding this template. In this case we use a type from CodeSmith’s included Schema Explorer library.

After adding all the dynamic content, my completed template looks as follows. So I guess that right off codesmitg bat, any developer will want to see what the software is capable of.

I can now generate many different classes based on this single template by simply changing my property values as needed. If I now save my template file and double click it in Windows Explorer it will open with the template properties pane.

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And lastly, the Description attribute allows for a brief description of what the property will be used for in the template. CodeSmith Tools have a very comprehensive documentation wiki.

Now that we have setup everything that we will need to base our template on, we can begin writing our template content.

What language you selected in the Language attribute from above will determine the language that you will need to use for your template logic. August 28, November 2, 7 Fill in the required information for the property directives we defined earlier. This is the name that we will use to access the property in our template. What better way to do this than to create a template. NET type that has a designer most built-in. NET types have designers. Just like in ASP. Obviously this is just scratching the surface and I hope to expand on this post in later articles.

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In our example, we have specified C as our language so that is what we coresmith here. CodeSmith does not know anything about Schema Explorer, so we must instruct our template on how to find the SchemaExplorer.


CodeSmith Generator — I love automating repetitive tasks when programming.

The output from this example when the selected table is Northwind. You can also see the description of the specific property directive in the little pop-up next to the property.

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. When the template is executed, this expression will be expanded to the current date in long date form.

I just did this in CodeSmith Generator Studio itself. In my case, I want to create the code file below. We will now add our CodeTemplate Directive. In the example below, the result of DateTime.

This property is a collection of ColumnSchema objects that represent each column in the selected table. You can even specify default values for a property directive by doing the following: As you can see, the code between the tokens is simply just C.