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Simple Java Code Generating tools

Prash Negu
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Joined: Apr 20, 2009
Posts: 46

We need to generate many enum java files with constants, I was looking at simple code generating tools. Can somebody suggest me simple tools? I was thinking about Velocity templates.

Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42965
FreeMarker is similar to Velocity.
Tim Holloway
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Joined: Jun 25, 2001
Posts: 17410

I usually just rip out a Perl or Python script for this kind of stuff. I can put the data in a spreadsheet, save it as a CSV and run the script to generate code.

Back around Y2K I wrote an app called the EJBWizard that did something more complex: generated multiple files using a set of templates for each file type. But I myself haven't used it in about 4 years, and a planned enhancement never got done. One of my biggest supporters on that project worked at the top of the World Trade Center.

These days you can do pretty well using Eclipse templates, although, like the EJBWizard, it's best when you have fairly complex files with a few plugin values.

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