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 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: Now we must begin to make this into a dynamic template based on our SourceTable property. And finally, the Description attribute allows us to provide a brief description of the template that will be shown in CodeSmith Explorer. Share on Pinterest Share. codexmith

CodeSmith Generator – Creating Your First Template To Automate Code

Share on Google Plus Share. Download template source 3kb. So I ttorial this into the template editor below the CodeTemplate Directive. 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.

These are Author, Description, Namespace and Class name. The content between these tokens is treated as expressions which CodeSmith Generator evaluates at runtime. We do this by adding an Assembly directive. 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.


In my case, I want to create the code file below. As you can see, the code between the tokens is simply just C. ToLongDateString replaces the expression. CodeSmith does not know anything about Schema Explorer, so we must instruct our template on how to find the SchemaExplorer. Obviously this is just scratching the surface and I hope to expand on this post in later articles. The Type attribute tells CodeSmith what type our new property should be.

It is always best to start with an example of what you want the output to look like. It’s the diversity that makes life so beautiful. We will derive this list from the information in the SourceTable. Share on Digg Share. For this purpose CodeSmith Generator allows for the creation of property directives. In our example, we have specified C as our language so that is what we use here.

When the rutorial is executed, this expression will be expanded to the current date in long date form. CodeSmith Generator creates a default template for you with some basic content.

Now, in my code file I can see tutodial property directive appear in my intellisense when typing the name of the property directive. When you have done this, click on the Generate button.

This type allows us to pick a table from a database and will codwsmith tell us anything we want to know about that table. 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 tutorlal. In this case we tutorizl a type from CodeSmith’s included Schema Explorer library.


If I now save my template file and double click it in Windows Explorer it will open with the template properties pane. CodeSmith Generator templates are really just plain text files containing one of three different content types.

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Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. And lastly, the Description attribute allows for a brief description of what the property will be used for in the template.

As I build on the previous template Improve or expandI create a new template and export that. I can now generate many different classes based on this single template by simply changing my property values as needed. Go ahead codesmigh delete everything in this template file. In order to be able to generate code based on a database table, the template must somehow know about this table.

It uses a syntax very similar to ASP. What language you selected in the Language attribute from above will determine the language that you will need to use for your template logic. Fill in the required information for the property directives we defined earlier.

Share on Facebook Share. The review below will outline a very basic CodeSmith Generator template. After adding all the dynamic content, my completed template looks as follows.