Friday, August 10, 2007

Quick templates Example: Contact XML

A simple example of using "Quick Templates" with a simple piece of XML.
This is a very quick post to show an example of using "Quick Templates" to aid you
in the creation of a repetitive piece of XML
Imagine you have the following XML.
<Contact fname="Rory" lname="Becker"/>
You would like to have many more of these.
What to do?

- Highlight the XML to duplicate.
- Trigger my plugin. (I suggest attaching the "Create Quick Template" action to the "Alt-Q")
- Enter a few keys to trigger your template (In this case perhaps "con")
- Add some choice (crlf separated) keywords to the "Field list". (I think Rory and Becker would work well here. )
- Optionally: Setup a suitable context for you new template.
- Click Ok

Now whenever you activate the template by typing con and hitting space, you will find that the XML is repeated back
to you but that Coderush has wrapped my name (in this case) using it's nice glowing field markers. and you can
effectively type the following
con Mark Miller<enter>
con Carl Franklin<enter>
con Dustin Campbell<enter>
con Richard Campbell<enter>
...and create the following XML...
<Contact fname="Mark" lname="Miller" />
<Contact fname="Carl" lname="Franklin" />
<Contact fname="Dustin" lname="Campbell" />
<Contact fname="Richard" lname="Campbell" />

I'm sure there are many other uses for this.
Feel free to suggest some.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

QuickTemplates v0.5

Here's a sneak peek at my new QuickTemplates plugin.
QuickTemplates is a DXCore plugin which provides a new action to complement CodeRush Templates.

Available here(Updated to 0.51), it provides a quick method to create a template from text selected in the editor.

1. Place QuickTemplates.Dll (Extract from obj folder or compile your own from the source) to your plugins folder and start VS.
2. Assign a key to the "Create Quick Template" action. I use "Alt-Q"

1. Select some text
2. Activate the action (Alt-Q)
3. Assign a Name to the template.
4. Enter some words/phrases (CRLF separated) in the box labelled "Fields".
5. Configure any context you require.
6. Click 'Ok'

You will now have created a template complete with fields in place of appropriate phrases.

Here are some screenshots: