Code Generation In .NET

This is an important site for an important topic.

Years ago I was involved on a project that was seriously delayed due to the failure of a CASE tool. The project had all of the design completely modelled – it was just that the CASE tool that was suposed to split out the code did not work and the company making it went under.

Code Generation seems to fulfill the promise that CASE tools had been making at the end of the 80’s. Kathleen Dollards approach is entirely feasable. She uses XSLT to generate code from metadata that is either manually created or extracted from for example a database. This is ideal for the middle tier and data access layers which are typically mechanical.

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