Minimal Scaffolding for Visual Studio

Here is an article that explains the setup.

However to get started in four lines:

New Project
From NuGet Console:
Install-Package t4scaffolding
Scaffold CustomScaffolder MinimalDemo

Then you can simply use:
scaffold MinimalDemo -Project MinimalScaffolding

I will experiment with performing database and filessytem queries.

The demo project creates a MinimalDemo.ps1 and a minimal demo t4 template.

The demo looks like:

[T4Scaffolding.Scaffolder(Description = “Enter a description of MinimalDemo here”)][CmdletBinding()]
[switch]$Force = $false,
[string]$Filename = “ExampleOutput”

$outputPath = $Filename¬† # The filename extension will be added based on the template’s <#@ Output Extension=”…” #> directive
$namespace = (Get-Project $Project).Properties.Item(“DefaultNamespace”).Value

Add-ProjectItemViaTemplate $outputPath -Template MinimalDemoTemplate `
-Model @{ Namespace = $namespace; ExampleValue = “Hello, world!” } `
-SuccessMessage “Added MinimalDemo output at {0}” `
-TemplateFolders $TemplateFolders -Project $Project -CodeLanguage $CodeLanguage -Force:$Force

Note in this instance I have edited the param list to allow the filename to be specified on the command line.

Since data is passed into the template via the model parameter it is trivial to perform database or filesystem queries to enrich the data being passed to the item generated.

Combine this with version control and you can overwrite the existing version and merge back existing customisations.

We have MVC style one-shot code generation (with the force option to overwrite).

This is incredibly powerful. A few of these templates could save hours of work. Especially across a team.

Command Line TFS Access

There are a couple of useful powershell command-line tools that are of use:

This is useful to query tasks and work items

tfpt query “ProjectPath to query”

From a mapped folder allows the running of existing tfs work item queries from the command-line

It uses the current folders mapping to identify the project.

This is useful for quering checkins:

Run from the VS2012 command prompt:

tf history x:path_to_project /recursive /noprompt /user:”My User Name”