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Create Custom Templates

Enterprise Architect provides a wide range of templates that define how code elements are generated. If these are not sufficient for your purposes - for example, if you want to generate code in a language not currently supported by Enterprise Architect - you can create completely new custom templates. You can also add stereotype overrides to your custom templates; for example, you might list all of your parameters and their notes in your method notes.

Access

Ribbon

Code > Source Code > Configure > Code Template Editor

Design > Tools > Transform > Transform Templates

Menu

Package | Code Engineering | Code Generation Templates

Package | Model Transformation (MDA) | MDA Transformation Templates

Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + Shift + P (code generation templates)

Ctrl + Alt + H (MDA transformation templates)

Create custom templates using the Code Templates Editor

Step

Description

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1

In the 'Language' field, click on the drop-down arrow and select the appropriate programming language.

2

Click on the Add New Custom Template button.

The 'Create New Custom Template' dialog displays.

3

In the 'Template Type' field, click on the drop-down arrow and select the appropriate modeling object.

The '<None>' option requires special treatment; it enables the definition of a function macro that doesn't actually apply to any of the types, but must be called as a function to define variables $parameter1, $parameter2 and so on for each value passed in.

4

In the 'Template Name' field, type an appropriate name.

Click on the OK button.

5

On the 'Code Templates Editor' tab, the new template is included in the 'Templates' list, with the value 'Yes' in the 'Modified' field.

The template is called <Template Type>__<Template Name>.

Note the double underscore character between the template type and template name.

6

Select the template from the Templates list and edit the contents in the Template field to meet your requirements.

Code Template Syntax

7

Click on the Save button.

This stores the new template, which is now available from the list of templates for use. You can also add a stereotype override to the template, if you wish.

Add New Stereotyped Templates

Notes

  • For a custom language, you must define the File template so that it can call the Import Section, Namespace and Class templates, and any other templates that you decide are applicable

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