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This has been one of the most requested features we've had since people started learning more about our model and playing with the bits. For a particular version of an application writing the code for the views and adapters can be a lot of mechanical repetitious
work and generally only gets interesting when you are writing "cross-version" adapters. So what we've done is build a tool that will automatically generate the source code for the views and adapters for a given contract assembly. This tool is
really just a library that can be used from various other places and our release will include a simple command line tool as well as a VS 2008 add-in that will automatically generate the projects and set references/build paths for you appropriately.
This tool should still be considered in pre-release state but because of the nature of it that shouldn't discourage you from using it in your products. While we are still working on adding additional features (and will be taking requests/suggestions for
them), as long as tool has the features you need you should feel comfortable using it. Since the code this tool generates doesn't take any dependencies on the tool, or related assemblies, new updates will not impact your app and should be easy enough to
incorporate in your build process. If we post updates that change the code generated for currently available features we'll make sure that gets noted and describe the changes.
Currently the tool only generates C# projects and source code but the code it generates can be consumed from any other .Net language. The contract assembly itself can also be built in any language.
This project consists of three major pieces:
- PipelineBuilder assembly for examninig the contract assembly and generating the source code
- PipelineHints assembly that contains custom attributes you can use in the contract's source code to customize the PipelineBuilder output
- VSPipelineBuilder VS2008 add-in that integrates with VS and takes care of adding projects and source files to solutions
You can download our current CTP here:
Pipeline Builder CTP March-2008
If you are only interesting in using this tool (and not worrying about modifying it) then you just need to read these sections:
If your interested in looking at and/or modifying the code of the pipeline builder itself you can find more information here:
Pipeline Builder Development
For more information about this tool you can read our
Pipeline Builder FAQ