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    CodeSmith 4.0 Public Beta Released

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    CodeSmith 4.0 Beta 2 has been released and is now available to the public.

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    Announcing The CodeSmith Generator 6.0 Visual Studio Template Editor

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    We are very excited to announce that CodeSmith Generator 6.0 will feature a built-in Visual Studio CodeSmith Generator Template Editor on top of our existing Visual Studio Integration . The team has been hard at work integrating a new Template Editor into our Visual Studio integration story. Without further ado: As you can see from the screenshot above, the CodeSmith Generator Template Editor is sitting inside of Visual Studio. This means you can use a familiar Development Interface to develop, edit...
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    PLINQO for Entity Framework Templates, Beta 1 Released!

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    We have been hard at work on the Entity Framework Templates for CodeSmith Generator over the past few months. We are proud to present you a beta version of the templates for your feedback while we work on final version of the 1.0 templates. The templates can be downloaded here . Please log your feedback or issues on our forums and Google Code . Your feedback will be reviewed and bugs logged will be fixed in the final 1.0 release. Below is a list of advantages of using the CodeSmith Generator Entity...
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    Unifying the CodeSmith Generator Experience

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    Over the years there has been a lot of confusion and complaints about the Standard edition of CodeSmith Generator.  Here are just a few of the issues that we see with having two separate editions of CodeSmith Generator: Support requests with people who had downloaded the Professional trial and then purchased Standard only to find out that certain templates didn’t work with Standard. A lot of the templates that we have created recently are designed to be used inside of Visual Studio and those...
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    Announcing CodeSmith Generator 6.5 Beta

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    We are excited to announce the CodeSmith Generator 6.5 Beta today. We continue to listen to the feedback from our users and have implemented several of the top requested features in this release. The primary feature for this release is the new standalone template editor. We did a lot of refactoring to make sure that our Visual Studio and our standalone editors provide an identical experience and the end result is that we are sharing over 95% of the code between the two. This means that, going forward...
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    CodeSmith 4.0 Released

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    CodeSmith Tools, LLC, an award winning provider of software productivity tools, today at the Dev Connections conference in Las Vegas announced the immediate availability of CodeSmith 4.0 the latest edition of CodeSmith's flagship developer tool....
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    Announcing support for ASP.NET WebAPI and KendoUI

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    We are delighted to announce that we’ve added support for ASP.NET WebAPI and Kendo UI to the PLINQO for Entity Framework templates ! In the article below we will talk about the templates and show off the new features. Please note that while we are still working on these features, we would love for you to download the templates and give us your feedback. Also note that you will need to download and install MVC4 and NuGet before continuing. Getting Started Please note that the templates require...
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    CodeSmith Generator 6.0 Beta 1 Released!

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    * UPDATE: CodeSmith Generator 6.0 Beta 2 has been released! * We are thrilled to announce the release of CodeSmith Generator 6.0 Beta 1 ! We feel like we are at a solid point now and would love to start getting feedback from our users. This release will be especially interesting to anyone who is actively editing their templates or creating new templates because the editing experience has been greatly improved . Here is a list of the major new features in this release: Brand new template editor integrated...
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    CodeSmith Generator Studio in CodeSmith Generator 6.0

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    Update: CodeSmith Generator 6.5 features a standalone editor. You can access it through the start menu shortcut. We have heard a lot of feedback that you guys love the new integrated editor inside of Visual Studio, but we have also heard from a lot of people that they want the stand alone editor as well. So we just wanted to let you guys know that we have begun working on the new stand alone template editor. Luckily with the way that we have designed the integrated editor, it shouldn’t be a...
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    CodeSmith 5.1 Released with New Lower Pricing Options!

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    Personal Licenses Available Now CodeSmith is now offering personal licenses for individual developers at $199 (50% savings) when purchasing CodeSmith Professional. Commercial licenses have been reduced as well and are now $299 for CodeSmith Professional. The same bulk discounts still apply when purchasing commercial licenses. Purchase today by visiting the CodeSmith Tools store. CodeSmith 5.1 Released Put time back in your day with CodeSmith 5.1. Packed full of new Schema Providers, merge strategies...
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    PLINQO for NHibernate, Beta 1 Released!

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    It's been a long time coming: Updated NHibernate templates are finally here! Oh wait, not updated, all new and improved NHibernate templates! PLINQO for NHibernate PLINQO makes NHibernate "so easy, even a caveman can do it." PLINQO can generated your HBM files, entity classes, and all NHibernate configuration in seconds. It then allows you to safely regenerate that code at anytime, thus synchronizing your mappings with the database while still intelligently preserving custom changes...
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    Community Spotlight: Silverlight MVVM Templates

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    We want to give a shout out to Oscar Agreda , and his Silverlight MVVM Templates Oscar's templates are capable of generating an entire Silverlight application. This includes not only the data access layer, but also the Silverlight entire UI! Everything from data grids all the way to custom child windows for row editing. Perhaps best of all, the output adhere to the latest definitions of Microsoft's best practices for Silverlight! We want to thank Oscar for taking the time to share his work...
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    CodeSmith Generator 6.0: Template Explorer

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    I wanted to cover some of the major improvements that we have made to Template Explorer in version 6.0. Please note that this is not the finished product and we still have some work to do on Template Explorer. Please let us know what you think about the new Template Explorer. Improved Context Menus The new Template Explorer has rich integration with Windows which also includes all of your Windows Explorer Context Menus. This gives you the ability to update from Source Control and much more. After...
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    CodeSmith Generator 6.0 Released!

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    We are very excited to announce the release of CodeSmith Generator 6.0 ! This release will be especially interesting to anyone who is actively editing their templates or creating new templates because the editing experience has been greatly improved . Here is a list of the major new features in this release: Brand new template editor integrated right into Visual Studio 2010! Vastly improved IntelliSense with support for directives, extension methods, lambdas, generics, and more! Improved Syntax Highlighting...
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    CodeSmith Generator 6.5 Release Candidate

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    Work on CodeSmith Generator 6.5 is almost complete. Today, we are releasing the CodeSmith Generator 6.5 RC . This release has MANY improvements and bug fixes from the beta version and we are hoping to get your feedback before final release. For a list of all the changes in this version, check out the release notes . Download CodeSmith Generator 6.5 RC
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    CodeSmith Generator 6.0: Editor Improvements

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    The CodeSmith Team has been hard at work on the new Visual Studio Template Editor and existing Visual Studio Integration story. We first announced our new Template Editor in the previous post and will be covering new features and enhancements on a weekly basis until the release in the near future. We believe as a company that when you feel comfortable in your development environment, then that is when you are the most productive. The learning curve behind learning a new editor can be daunting and...
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    PLINQO for Entity Framework 1.0 Released!

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    One small step for PLINQO, one giant leap for Entity Framework! PLINQO for Entity Framework 1.0 We are very excited to release the first version of PLINQO for Entity Framework. PLINQO offers these primary features over standard Entity Framework: Quickly and safely regenerate your EDMX against your database. Inteligently seeks out and merges data changes with code changes. Ability to filter what gets updated from the database. Each generated class is separated into editable and generated files. Complex...
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    Import from FogBugz to CodeSmith Insight

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    Are you interested in using CodeSmith Insight, but are still tied to your old bug tracking software? Well if that legacy system is FogCreek's FogBugz, then you are in luck! CodeSmith Tools is now offering a free import service for migrating your FogBugz data into CodeSmith Insight. This migration includes users, emails, cases, contacts, tags, even attachments! Just create a CodeSmith Insight account , then contact support@codesmithtools.com and tell us that you would like to schedule an import...
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    Holiday Sale - 15% Off Generator

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    It doesn’t matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Kwanzaa, Robanukah, or even Festivus (you know, for the rest of us). If you are working hard this week then you are on the CodeSmith Tools “Nice List” Now through Dec 25th get 15% Off CodeSmith Generator with coupon code CSNICE Happy Holidays! The CodeSmith Tools Team
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    .netTiers 2.2 Released!

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    .netTiers 2.2 is a maintenance release with several bug fixes, and enhancements to your CodeSmith Generation options. There are over 150+ bug fixes and improvements from the .netTiers 2.1 release. The 2.2 release was a real community effort as several enhancements and fixes were provided by the members of the .netTiers community. Your contributions, time and effort are greatly appreciated. We, the .netTiers Team, want to say "THANK YOU" for your help in improving our product. The new and...
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    CodeSmith 4.0 Change History

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    Build 4.0.0 (Beta 2) * All CodeSmith samples and documents are now stored in the user's My Documents folder. * All config data is now stored in the user's profile directory. * CodeSmith should now work in non-admin scenerios and in Vista with UAC turned on. * ActiveSnippets will now show usage information when you press CTRL-E, CTRL-R or when a template is invalid. * ActiveSnippets now properly indents the output based on the indentation of the alias. * Fixed various bugs in CodeSmith Explorer...
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    CodeSmith 4.0 Getting Started

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    Here are some things to try in the CodeSmith 4.0 beta to get started with some of the new features: Experiment with .csp files. You can find some samples in your "My Documents\CodeSmith\Samples\v4.0\Projects\CSharpCodeGeneratorSample" and "My Documents\CodeSmith\Samples\v4.0\Projects\VBCodeGeneratorSample" folders. Open the Visual Studio project, right click on the .csp files, click Generate Outputs. Try deleting the outputs and building the project to see the outputs automatically...
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    CodeSmith 5.0 Beta Released

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    CodeSmith 5.0 Beta has been released and is now available to the public. Here are just a few of the new capabilities in CodeSmith 5.0: Huge Performance Improvements - Caching optimizations and improvements in SchemaExplorer have resulted in huge performance improvements in generation time. Using .netTiers on a large database went from taking 11 minutes and 45 seconds in 4.1 down to 1 minute and 40 seconds in 5.0. Improved CodeSmith Projects - Manage outputs easier, works with source control, generates...
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    PLINQO 5.0 - An ORM for 2010!

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    The year is 2010. Visual Studio's UI is all new. The .NET framework is on version 4.0. ...and PLINQO continues to bring you the latest and greatest in LINQ to SQL enhancements! If you haven't experienced PLINQO yet or would like to learn more, be sure to watch the new PLINQO Overview . Also, we have made it easier than ever to get up to speed quickly by adding a feature tour along with video tutorials for all the major PLINQO features. Notable new 5.0 features include: Added Visual Studio...
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    CodeSmith Tools 2011 Roadmap

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    First, a brief apology. For the past two years we here at CodeSmith Tools have been working hard, but we made the mistake of doing so behind closed doors. Communication was at the core of this company when we opened our doors back in 2004, and it is something that we wrongly allowed ourselves to get away from. Well we are going to fix that: From here on out we vow to reopen the lines of communication with more blogging, more news posts, and publicly releasing company roadmaps. Enough about the past...
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