Visual Studio Automation

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  • 1. Visual Studio Automation Twin Cities Code Camp April 5th 2014 Justin Wendlandt jwendl@hotmail.com @jwendl http://www.jwendl.net/
  • 2. Why I Develop Applications • Laziness • Automation • Applied Computer Science
  • 3. Integrated Development Environments • In College  VIM  Eclipse  CLI • Professional World  Visual Studio  SQL Server Management Studio
  • 4. Extensibility Models for Visual Studio • Visual Studio Visual Studio Project Templates • Visual Studio Item Templates • T4 Code Templates • NuGet packaging • DTE development against the Visual Studio COM API • Build Automation via MSBuild or TFS
  • 5. Visual Studio Project Templates - Simple • File extensions are stored in a file with a .vsix file extension • Visual Studio SDK is Required • For Visual Studio 2013  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40758 • Installed Extensions for Visual Studio 2013 are located %LocalAppData%MicrosoftVisualStudio12.0Extensions<Company>< Product><Version>
  • 6. Demo – Simple Project Templates
  • 7. What is Still Missing? • Ability to have multiple projects on the solution • Ability to have NuGet automatically fetch associated dependencies • Name the project when opening up the solution file • Adding multiple item templates when creating the solution and projects
  • 8. Demo – Complex Project Template
  • 9. T4 Templates • Code Generation • Resembles Classic ASP • Run Entirely from Visual Studio
  • 10. T4 Templates using EF or ADO.NET
  • 11. T4 Templates using the File System / DTE • POCO based on Interfaces
  • 12. Word to the Wise • Use with caution • Only use when re-iterating multiple patterns • Attempt to use Generics instead
  • 13. Visual Studio DTE • Complex object model • Support for Solutions, Projects and Files
  • 14. How MSBuild and .csproj Files Work
  • 15. Customization of MSBuild Definitions
  • 16. MSBuild Definition XML Schema • XSD exists to describe every option in MSBuild  %windir%Microsoft.NETFramework[version]MSBuild • Get latest version of .net by using  wmic product where "name like 'Microsoft .N%'" get Version
  • 17. TFS Build Automation
  • 18. Customization of Build Templates
  • 19. Online Repository of Templates • Side Waffle  http://sidewaffle.com/
  • 20. Questions? • Twitter: @jwendl • Email: jwendl@hotmail.com • Web: http://www.jwendl.net/