ScriptCs Templating Module to leverage Razor and StringTemplate via ScriptCs, for code generation and templating
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ScriptCs Templating Support

Integrates Razor and StringTemplate transformations in ScriptCs workflow. ScrtipCs Templating module can apply a Razor or StringTemplate (ST4) template on top of one or more model files (normally an xml file or json file), for scenarios like code generation or templating. Example below.


  • Install scriptcs. You need to install the nightly build using Chocoloately cinst scriptcs -pre -source (Refer if you don't understand this)
  • Clone this repo.
  • Open the solution and build it in Visual Studio.
  • From the command line create a package: nuget pack -version 0.1.0-alpha
  • In VS, edit your Nuget package sources (Tools->Library Package Manager->Settings) and add the folder where the package lives locally.
  • Install the template package globally: scriptcs -install ScriptCs.Engine.Templating -g -pre

Rendering a template

  • Note that what ever you pass after -- will goto the module as it's arguments.
  • Run scriptcs with your template, file specifying our template module using -modules switch: scriptcs mytemplate.cst -loglevel debug -modules template - The -modules template argument let scriptcs load our template module.
  • Check the log output for details.
  • You can specify the output file using the -out switch - scriptcs mytemplate.cst -modules template -- -out result.txt (The parameters after -- are the template module parameters according to ScriptCs convention)

Rendering a template Using Models

Template module automagically converts xml files/urls and json files/urls to dynamic models that can be used from your template. Technically, it creates a C# fleuent dynamic object that wraps the xml/json.

Quick example: Create a new folder, and create a model.xml file inside that.

<class name="MyClass1">
  <property name="MyProperty1" type="string"/>
  <property name="MyProperty2" type="string"/>
  <class name="MyClass2">
    <property name="MyProperty1" type="string"/>
    <property name="MyProperty2" type="string"/>

Now, create your template, and save it as template.cst - Let us use razor syntax.

@model dynamic

@foreach(var item in Model["class"])
   <p> is a class name</p>  

Now, you can run the transformation by specifying the model file, like this

scriptcs template.cst -modules template -- -xml model.xml -out result.txt

Let us rewrite the template to generate the class and properties from our XML model file

@model dynamic

@foreach(var c in Model["class"])
   @:class {
   foreach(var p in c["property"])
	   @:public @p.type {get;set;}

Regenerate the result file and see.

Transforming multiple model files

You may specify multiple model files

scriptcs template.cst -modules template -- -xml model1.xml -out result1.txt -xml model2.xml -out result2.txt

You may also use Json files as the model

scriptcs template.cst -modules template -- -json model.json -out result.cs

Accessing models from templates

For converting XML files/data to a dynamic model object that'll be accessed from templates, ElasticObject is used. Refer

For converting Json files/data to a dynamic model object that'll be accessed from templates, DynamicJsonConverter is used. Refer

Template module command line

Example usages:

  • Render using template mytemplate.cst and ElasticObject dynamic model from model1.xml using Razor (Razor is default)- scriptcs mytemplate.cst -modules template -- -xml model1.xml -out result1.txt
  • Do the same as above, but using vb as the template language - scriptcs mytemplate.vbt -modules template -- -vb -xml model1.xml -out result1.txt
  • Render using template mytemplate.st4 - Using StringTemplate instead of Razor - scriptcs mytemplate.st4 -modules template -- -st4 -xml model1.xml -out result1.txt

Parameter meaning:

Additional References: