Presenting at the Dubuque .NET User Group on November 1st, 2011 – T4 Templates

I’ll be talking about T4 Templates in .NET in Dubuque, IA on November 1st, 2011. The presentation is on the Clarke University campus, in the Keller Computer Center, at 5:30 PM.

The group’s website is at

The presentation description:

Microsoft’s Text Template Transformation Toolkit – T4 – is the unknown workhorse behind ASP.NET MVC, ADO.NET Entity Framework, ASP.NET Dynamic Data, and the VS 2010 Architecture Tool’s forward engineering. We’ll trace T4’s history through its start as a second-class citizen for VS 2005 to its current prominent (but often unknown) place in VS 2010 and associated frameworks. We’ll look at precursors and competitors to T4, as well as essential tools for T4 development. Finally, we’ll develop a data-driven application that takes advantage of T4 generation, showing how to handle and extend generated code in a changing codebase and how to establish a workflow to use T4 over the lifecycle of an application.

I hope to see you there!