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Code Generation in Action

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ISBN-10: 1930110979

ISBN-13: 9781930110977

Edition: 2003

Authors: Jack Herrington

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Covering technique and implementation for building code for complex applications frameworks, this book demonstrates how to build high-quality output that is consistent and maintainable. Lessons on abstracting the design of the code so that multiple outputs can be created from a single abstract model of the application functionality are provided. Techniques that range from using simple code processors to handle common coding problems to creating more elaborate and complex generators that maintain entire application tiers are covered. Topics such as building database access, user interface, remote procedure, test cases, and business logic code are also addressed, as is code for other system…    
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Manning Publications Company
Publication date: 7/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Jack Herrington is an engineer, author and presenter who lives and works in the Bay Area. His mission is to expose his fellow engineers to new technologies. That covers a broad spectrum, from demonstrating programs that write other programs in the book Code Generation in Action. Providing techniques for building customer centered web sites in PHP Hacks. All the way writing a how-to on audio blogging called Podcasting Hacks. All of which make great holiday gifts and are available online here, and at your local bookstore. Jack also writes articles for O'Reilly, DevX and IBM Developerworks. Jack lives with his wife, daughter and two adopted dogs. When he is not writing software, books or…    

Preface
Acknowledgments
About this book
About the title
About the cover illustration
Code generation fundamentals
Overview
A generation case study
Benefits of code generation for engineers
Benefits of code generation for managers
The code generation process
The buy/build decision
Code generation at its best
Top ten code-generation rules
Generators you are using today
Summary
Code generation basics
The various forms of active code generation
Code generation workflow
Code generation concerns
Code generation skills
Choosing a language for your code generator
Summary
Code generation tools
Building generators with Ruby
Parsing XML with Rexml
ERb: a great tool for templates
Building the language parser toolkit
Summary
Building simple generators
The code munger generator type
The inline-code expansion generator model
The mixed-code generator model
The partial-class generator model
The tier generator model
Generating for various languages
Summary
Code generation solutions
Generating user interfaces
The big picture
Designing a good interface
Workflow comparison
A case study: generating JSP
Technique: generating Swing dialog boxes
Technique: generating MFC dialog boxes
Design tips
Tools for generating UIs
Summary
Generating documentation
The importance of structured comments
The big picture
A case study: augmented SQL code
Understanding the JavaDoc and the Doclet API
Finding a tool to do it for you
Summary
Generating unit tests
The big picture
Preparing for common concerns
A case study: augmented C code
Technique: the ordered test generator
Technique: the test data generator
Technique: the test robot generator
Finding a tool to do it for you
Design tips
Summary
Embedding SQL with generators
PerlSQL
Preparing for common concerns
Workflow comparison
A case study: PerlSQL
Finding SQL tools
Summary
Handling data
Code generation versus a library
A case study: a simple CSV-reading example
Technique: data adapters
Technique: binary file reader/writer
Finding tools to do it for you
Summary
Creating database access generators
Benefits of database access generators
The big picture
Preparing for common concerns
Workflow comparison
A case study: EJB generation
Technique: generating JDBC
Technique: generating database access layers for ASP
Technique: generating database access layers for ASP.NET
Technique: Generating database access classes for Perl DBI
Technique: generating database access classes for PHP
Off-the-shelf: AndroMDA
Off-the-shelf: XDoclet
Design tips
Finding a tool to do it for you
Summary
Generating web services layers
The big picture
A case study: generating XML-RPC for Java
Technique: generating SOAP
Design tips
Finding a tool to do it for you
Summary
Generating business logic
A case study: generating Java business equations
A case study: the report logic and interface generator
Summary
More generator ideas
Technique: maintaining header files
Technique: creating DLL wrappers
Technique: creating wrappers for external languages
Technique: creating firewall configurations
Technique: creating lookup functions
Technique: creating macro lookup tables
Summary
A brief introduction to Ruby
The simple system test framework
EJBGen code and templates
Integrating code generation into your IDE
Simple templating
Patterns for regular expressions
Index