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Creating Project and Item templates with folders RRS feed

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  • Hi

    I am trying to create Project and Item Templates using Visual Studio 2010. I am able to create standard project template without any issue. Now I want to the following:

    1. Here where I work, we have one big project and under that project we have folder for each application. Each folder have subfolders and c# files. How can I do the following? 

    On project level I add an Item template, that adds the folder, subfolders and then the C# files? Basically, need to create folders first before adding the items in it (I don't want every one to add folders manually). Is this possible with Item Templates?

    2. I have create a project template, In my items (C# files) I have used parameters 

    namespace $rootnamespace$

    also, the .vstemplate file has ReplaceParameters set to True. But, the project template never compiles due to '$' in '$rootnamespace$'. Secondly, if exported like that, the parameters are never replaced by actual namespace. What am I missing?

    Friday, January 4, 2013 4:45 PM

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  • Hi,

    First question, we can add the folder label in the template file like:

    <Folder Name="Properties" TargetFolderName="Properties">
        <ProjectItem ReplaceParameters="true" TargetFileName="AssemblyInfo.cs">AssemblyInfo.cs</ProjectItem>
       </Folder>
       <Folder Name="UnitTests" TargetFolderName="UnitTests">
        <ProjectItem ReplaceParameters="true" TargetFileName="UnitTest1.cs">UnitTest1.cs</ProjectItem>
       </Folder>

    Second question, as I know, parameter $rootnamespace$ applies only to item templates. Please change it to safeprojectname and try again.

    More information about Template Parameters you can refer to:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/eehb4faa.aspx

    Best regards, 


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    Monday, January 7, 2013 8:37 AM
  • Thanks Ego.

    <Folder> tag is part of Project Template and not for Item Template. Right? In that case, I can't achieve, creating folder when I add an Item?

    For the second question, you were right and I was able to resolve the issue.

    Any idea how can I add custom assembly reference to the item template that has no strong name. I wan to reference the assembly from bin folder of my local project. 

    When I add a reference to my assembly like this:

    <Reference>        <Assembly>MyWebUtils, Version=8.3.842.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=</Assembly></Reference>

    I get error when I use this template that "I can't add the assembly xyz to the project".


    • Edited by srireds Wednesday, January 9, 2013 8:05 PM
    Wednesday, January 9, 2013 5:11 PM