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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Stay tuned for a few follow-up posts on CodeSmith Generator. In order to be able to generate code based on a database table, the template must somehow know about this table. After adding all the dynamic content, my completed template looks as follows. In the example coodesmith, the result of DateTime. In my case, I want to create the code file below.

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Share on Pinterest Share. CodeSmith Generator templates are really just plain text files containing one of three different content types. CodeSmith allows us to provide this contextual information to the template by specifying Property directives. The content between these tokens is treated as expressions which CodeSmith Generator evaluates at runtime.

Download template source 3kb. We will now add our CodeTemplate Directive. July 26, November 2, 1 He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix. Share on Digg Share.

With my end result in the template editor, I must now start adding dynamic content. This is the name that we will use to access the property in our template. Obviously this is just scratching the surface and I hope to expand on this post in later articles.


If I now save my template file and double click it in Windows Explorer it will open with the template properties pane. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. The Type attribute tells CodeSmith what type our new property should be. Just like in ASP. Now we need to figure out how to build our list of parameters for the stored procedure.

This type allows us to pick a table from a database and will then tell us anything we want to know about that table. For this purpose CodeSmith Generator allows for the creation of property directives. One thing tutlrial they suggest when creating a new template which make total sense is to start with the end result.

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Now, in my code file I can see the property directive appear in my intellisense when typing the name of the tutorlal directive. The output from this example when the selected table is Northwind. This is a work in progress as there are many business objects. And lastly, the Description attribute allows for a brief description of what the property will be used for in the template. In our example, we have specified C as our language so that is what codesmigh use here.

Now we must begin to make this into a dynamic template based on our SourceTable property. What better way to do this than to create a template. Let’s start with a simple change to codexmith the Date Created comment dynamic.

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


In this case we use a type from CodeSmith’s included Schema Explorer library. CodeSmith Tools have a very comprehensive documentation wiki. CodeSmith Generator creates a default template for you with some basic content. It’s the diversity that makes life so beautiful. NET type that has a designer most built-in. There is much more to learn and see.

CodeSmith Generator – Creating Your First Template To Automate Code

As you can see, the code between the tokens is simply just C. 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. This can be any. When you have done this, click on the Generate button. I just did this in CodeSmith Generator Studio itself.

Share on Twitter Tweet. As I build on the previous template Improve or expandI create a new template and export that. The Name attribute tells CodeSmith what we want the property to be named in our template. Go ahead and delete everything in this template file.

You can even specify default values for a property directive by doing the cdoesmith Now that we have setup everything that we will need to base our template on, we can begin writing our template content.