Code Smith to the Rescue

I have to Really Reccomend Code Smith for Code GenerationI think anyone who tries to maintain a development Blog has a responsibility to talk about the tools they use.  Today and for most of the weekend, I am working feverishly to get caught up.  At the same time my phone keeps ringing and my e-mail keep receiving requests for new things from just about everyone.  So it is one of those times.  Not that I am complaining mind you.

To top it off, my computer actually crashed twice this morning.  I have not seen a Blue Screen of death in probably a year.  What a day.

One thing that is definitely going right is Code Smith.  I do not know what I would do without my meager templates that generate the basic SQL CRUD, Business Logic Classes (VB.NET for me) and fundamental ASP.NET pages and the corresponding code behind for my sites.  I know I could really use this tool even more than I do, and I gradually add functionality to my templates as I can. 

I feel like I have generated about 3-5000 lines of code in the last three days for new tables, admin pages, etc.  It is comforting to know that all the code I generate will pretty much work as is and I know what I need to focus on to make it look exactly like I want, within reason of course.  It also helps me write code that has a consistant pattern to it, so it makes it easier to manage going forward.  Plus if it is really screwed up after a while, I can just regenerate it and start over!

So if you have not purchased this great tool, or something like it, I have to really, really reccomend it for every developer.  It is a life saver.  Espcially when teamed up with the Project Templates built into Visual Studio you can export and reuse.

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