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  • Blog Post: DevArt joins the T4 Template Editor Fray

      We’ve now got a third contender in the Visual Studio T4 Editor space.  The good folks over at DevArt have joined the race. From their press release: Devart today releases a new powerful Visual Studio add-in for editing T4 templates with syntax highlighting, intellisense, code outlining, and...
  • Blog Post: Pluralcast Podcast on T4

      A few weeks ago, I recorded a podcast about T4, and how it’s being used inside and outside Microsoft with the estimable David Starr , who I happened to meet up with at the recent MVP Summit . You can check it out in the PluralSight Pluralcast blog . Enjoy. http://www.pluralsight-training.net/community...
  • Blog Post: Maintenance-Free Mocking for Unit Testing with EntityFramework 4.0

    Rab Hallett has a nice tool in the VS Gallery that uses T4 templates to generate mocks for unit-testing EF-based applications Maintenance-Free Mocking for Unit Testing with EntityFramework 4.0 Technorati Tags: T4 , Entity Framework , Unit Testing , Mock Objects
  • Blog Post: Oleg on T4-MSBuild Integration

    The newly released Visualization and Modeling SDK for Visual Studio 2010 includes support for integrating T4 with msbuild. (yay!) The ever-diligent Oleg Sych has the full skinny here . Technorati Tags: T4 , msbuild , Visual Studio 2010
  • Blog Post: Bending T4 to be a textual DSL host

    The estimable MVP and T4 enthusiast, Kathleen Dollard has a new post where she's using T4's ability to spit arbitrary text as a host for a textual DSL. She's set up a small DSL for describing contract interfaces for a MEF framework: new Interface() { Name = "ISearchModelBase" , Scope = Scope.Public,...
  • Blog Post: DTE and T4 - Better Together

    A couple of folks out there have put together some really neat T4 templates that use the host-specific flag and then access Visual Studio's DTE object model to read state from other code in the project and use that as metadata for code generation. Daniel Vaughan started out with a nice post on using...
  • Blog Post: T4 and Silverlight in Visual Studio 2008

    Colin Eberhardt has a nice article on The Code Project walking through using a small textual DSL encoded in XML to define a set of dependency properties and then using that as a data source for T4 to generate all of the necessary boilerplate code. Apart from being intrinsically cool, he's also doing...
  • Blog Post: ASP.Net MVC T4 Updates

    Couple of newsworthy T4 links for the wildly popular ASP.Net MVC framework. This one is from July but I hadn't spotted it - David Ebbo has a new version of his T4MVC set of templates for view generation. Space Invader Zim (nice name) has a walkthrough of an extension to the standard templates that he...
  • Blog Post: Peter Vogel on Code Generation

    There's a fun interview with Peter Vogel on the subject of Code Gen on the ever-popular .NET Rocks talkshow. He's got a new code gen book coming out and in the interview he says he's going to have an "expansion pack" for the book to cover T4. Can't wait for that. You can find the audio here and a transcript...
  • Blog Post: T4 Templates for SharePoint

    For all you SharePoint heads out there, Waldek Mastykarz has a couple of neat articles on generating some of the various config files that control a SharePoint instance using T4: Visual Studio T4 template for SharePoint Solution (DDF) Visual Studio T4 template for SharePoint Feature Definition (Feature...
  • Blog Post: WPF, DSL in Visual Studio 2008

    Although data-binding to WPF is a feature of DSL Tools in Visual Studio 2010, that hasn’t stopped our vibrant community from hacking away to get results today with VS2008. Have a look at this selection of posts: Using WPF As The Designer Surface In DSL Tools Provide an improved user experience to your...
  • Blog Post: Tangible T4 Editor

    I've been remiss generally in not blogging while we've been heads down on Visual Studio Beta1, but never more so than in respect of another T4 Editor that's recently become available. The good folks over at Tangible Engineering have been releasing several versions of their T4 Editor for Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Clarius take T4 editing to the next level

    I see that Clarius have now got to an alpha stage for the next stage of their T4 editing toolset. As well as their Community Edition and Pro Edition, they're now going to offer a full-featured code generation environment they're calling Visual T4 Code Generator , including tight integration with server...
  • Blog Post: New DSL Tools lab

    Jean-Marc has just released a complete walkthrough of DSL Tools for Visual Studio 2008 aimed at DSL beginners as a lab on CodeGallery. Here you can see the language from the lab designing mouse gestures for manipulating primitives in a simple graphics program. Very nice indeed. Technorati Tags: DSL Tools...
  • Blog Post: Using extension methods in T4 templates

    Adam has a groovy post on T4 , but he's under the impression that you can't use C# extension methods in T4. I just wanted to discuss the limitations that exist and show how you can take advantage of this cool C#/VB 3.5 feature. Extension methods require you to declare a top-level static class, and don...
  • Blog Post: Another collection of T4 resources

    Hot on the heels of all the interest Scott's post has generated in T4, Jon Stonecash has a useful consolidation of T4 links . Technorati Tags: T4
  • Blog Post: New DSL Screencasts avaialble from VSX Conference

    Just a quick note that there are a couple of DSL/T4 specific sessions among the plethora of great VSX content just posted by Anthony . Jean-Marc's DSL 101 Session Domain-Specific Development with Visual Studio DSL Tools Domain-Specific Language Models are a powerful technique for embodying in a tool...
  • Blog Post: informIT video interview on DSL Tools with Ted Neward and Gareth Jones

    These videos have been around for quite a while now, but I suddenly realised that I didn't have any links to them on the blog. It's an hour or so of Ted and I chewing the fat on the why's and wherefores of Domain-Specific Development. If this is your bag and you can put up with my shiny blue MSFT shirt...
  • Blog Post: Hanselman gives T4 some love.

    Aaron just pointed out to me that Scott Hanselman has been lavishing love on T4 , Oleg's techniques library and the Clarius T4 Editor . Nice one Scott. Scott also notes that Rob is using it to create a nice repository over a DB for his SubSonic project. And of course, its always worth another namecheck...
  • Blog Post: Gnomz Software's Viewpoints for Visual Studio

    Graham from Gnomz Software pinged to mention his company's DSL-based viewpoint business modeling system. Check it out: Technorati Tags: DSL Tools , VSX , Visual Studio Extensibility
  • Blog Post: Come to the VSX DevCon

    James has just posted a few of the session abstracts for our spiffy VSX Developer Conference to be held in Redmond, WA this September. Much VSX and DSL goodness and a chance to bug the team about what you want us to be creating next. Take a look and get yourself registered. Technorati Tags: VSX , Visual...
  • Blog Post: Couple more VSX bloggers

    And here's a couple more folks with VSX/DSL related blog series that I missed from my previous post: Long-time DSL-er (and recent MSFT hire) Andre Furtado has a series of DSL posts indexed under DSL Tools: how to resources Sebastian Talamoni has a bunch of DSL posts including some funky property grid...
  • Blog Post: A rash of bloggers

    Just lately there seems to be a veritable feast of new blog stuff about VSX (if you don't mind me switching metaphors). Some of these I stumbled across and some were pointed up to me by DuncanP. Oleg Sych now has a great series of T4 posts An explanatory series A series of patterns of T4 template design...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Jean-Marc!

    Somewhat belatedly, I wanted to welcome the latest addition to the Visual Studio eXtensibility team . Jean-Marc Prieur has been a long-time contributor to our community and now he's joined the team. I'm sure he'll have a huge impact with his passion for extending all things Visual Studio. Welcome on...
  • Blog Post: CSLAFactory.net

    Josef Eissing and Marcel Binot just dropped me a note to say that they'd released a CTP of their new DSL for working with Rocky Lhotka's popular CSLA application framework . Having played Killer Bunnies with Rocky one time, I thought I'd better give it a mention. You can find more detail at http://www...
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