Thought I should let everyone know where CodeSmith is at and what is coming in the near future. Here are some interesting numbers:3,920 Downloads in the past 58 days since I started keeping track.
1,636 Support forum posts.
1,179 Mailing list members.
396 Registered support forum users.
154 Days since the last official release.
5 Online magazine articles.
1 Print magazine article.
0 How much CodeSmith costs.
It's been a ton of fun so far!! CodeSmith users are doing some amazing things and the community is really starting to pickup.
For the past 154 days since the last official release, I have been spending nearly every moment of my spare time working on the next release. It has come a long way and is getting very close to being ready. It's always hard to predict when you can only dedicate your spare time, but I really can't see there not being a new official release by the end of the year at the absolute latest. Here is a list of some of the new things to expect in the upcoming release:
- CodeSmith Studio is a full-blown IDE for editing CodeSmith templates with syntax highlighting and ton of various other features to stream-line the template building process.
- Better XML support for your properties.
- Ability to easily save and load your template properties to an XML file.
- Ability to discover the resulting columns of a stored procedure call.
- Ability to merge template output into an existing file using regions in your target file.
- Much improved command line utility.
- Much improved VS.NET add-in support.
- Property default now supports enum values.
- Many new samples and templates.
- A TON of bug fixes and other minor changes.
If you are interested in helping to test the latest builds of CodeSmith, then it's as easy as registering for a Support Forum account and checking the Beta Builds forum. All beta builds are available to any registered forum user.
I just got done reading this book and I thought I would let you guys know that it does a really great job of introducing you to all of the new ASP.NET 2.0 features. It doesn't go into a lot of detail, but it does a great job of letting you know what's coming and how it will work. I would highly recommend this book.
Also, I'm sure everyone knows about this already, but, just in case you don't, you need to go here immediately and start watching all of the PDC sessions online right now. It is truely amazing that Microsoft put all of these sessions online for free.