What’s new in T4 for Visual Studio 2013?

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 customers. I’m sure you’ll agree…

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T4 Debugging – Under The Hood

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 (described here). I’d like to expand a bit…

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Is your T4 template a composition?

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 code generators is that, over time, the templates tend towards spaghetti code; without some effort…

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