Official T4 team blog

T4 stands for Text Template Transformation Toolkit and is Microsoft's template based text generation framework included with Visual Studio.

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    What’s new in T4 for Visual Studio 2013?

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    Visual Studio 2013 Preview has been out for a while now so I thought I should announce the new goodies in the product for T4 this time around. As the T4 engine is fairly mature now we focused on a couple of scenarios that have been blocked or tricky for...
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    T4 Debugging – Under The Hood

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    Hi - my name is Tim Malone and I'm a developer in Visual Studio, working on T4. I began my time at Microsoft in the summer of 2010 as in intern working on what would eventually become the new "Debug T4 Template" feature in Visual Studio 2012...
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    Is your template a composition?

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    Maybe every T4 template can’t be code poetry , but pretty much anyone who’s using T4 can get cleaner code and be more productive by using T4’s features around composing chunks of reusable code together.   An oft-cited criticism of template-based...
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    What’s new with T4 in Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate

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    I’m a bit quicker off the mark than I was with our Beta as this is my first day back from vacation after our Release Candidate has launched .  We have one final significant T4 feature to add for Visual Studio 2012 in addition to all of the stuff...
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    What’s new with T4 in Visual Studio 11 Beta?

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    Our beta release has been available for a couple of weeks now, so I thought it was about time I updated folks on what’s new for T4 . Everything below is in addition to the features and changes I noted in my previous post, What’s new with T4 in the Developer...
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    Some nice new getting started with T4 videos

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    Kalle over at abstractiondev has a nice series of videos getting started with T4 and developing a rich set of metadata to drive systematic generation. http://abstractiondev.wordpress.com/demo-videos/ He’s also not afraid to promote his ideas with conviction...
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    What’s new with T4 in the Developer Preview of Visual Studio 11?

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    In among all the excitement of new ALM features like integrated Code Review and MyWork to manage your daily workflow in the developer preview, there are, of course, a few nice new features for T4. First of all, a naming change that’s underway.  We...
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    DevArt joins the T4 Template Editor Fray

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      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...
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    Pluralcast Podcast on T4

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    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...
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    T4 Samples

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    Hi, my name is Mårten; I am a part of the T4 team. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to T4. That event has transformed my way of thinking about programming more than anything else. Using T4, which is a code-generation tool, I...
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    T4 vs Razor – what’s the skinny?

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    You might have noticed in the recent storm of Web Tools releases that there’s a groovy new kid on the template engine block – Razor . A few customers have been asking folks on both teams some questions around this, such as the following. Why do you have...
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    VS2010 SP1: T4 Improvements Summary

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    Over the last few posts, I’ve talked about the exciting improvements we’ve made to T4 Text Templating in Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2010. Here’s a quick roundup: Firstly, T4 no longer locks referenced assemblies in memory , meaning it’s much easier...
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    Welcome

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    Welcome to the official Text Template Transformation Toolkit (T4) team blog. T4 is a flexible code generation tool that can reduce development time and maintenance cost. T4 is easy to adopt in any project and in any stage of product development. ...
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