Speed Up with Project Templates Using Visual Studio 2005 - Part 2
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by Ameet Phadnis
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In this article I have explained how to create a project template and Item template.  I have also tried to explain how the template's folders are structured on your machine and how you can create a central repository to store all your company templates.  It also gets into the depth of the vstemplate file structure.  Using the above steps and creating templates will save the developers a lot of time and give them a jump start on Templates and Projects.


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Title: Urgent requirement   
Name: Arijit chakraborty
Date: 2009-02-18 12:36:19 AM
Comment:
dear Ameet,

I am a final year B.Tech student on a project of Online Examination System(ASP.Net).We r facing very problem when we r trying 2 import downloaded templates in our project.

If u kindly help us 2 do so,it will b great for us.Hope 2 hear u soon.

Thanks-
Arijit Chakraborty
mail_arijitchakraborty@rediffmail.com
Title: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!   
Name: Dave
Date: 2008-06-13 3:38:31 PM
Comment:
Thank you for taking the time to put this information together. This info is exactly what I needed and I didn't have to figure it out from piecing together tidbits of information spread across multiple poorly linked MS documentation and kb articles. Your efforts on this article are greatly appreciated!
Title: Location field missing in templates   
Name: Cheryl
Date: 2008-04-06 10:59:03 PM
Comment:
Help!!! Like Jai, the location field is hidden on all my pre-existing templates. How does this happen and how do I fix it?

thx,

Cheryl
Title: Thanks, it helps   
Name: elena
Date: 2007-08-01 8:20:28 PM
Comment:
Thanks for the tutorial, it expalined very well, though I am looking to create template for solution with few projects. Initially I read microsoft article and it was crap. Yours - great.
Title: Great Tutorial!   
Name: Ashley
Date: 2007-07-16 5:34:52 PM
Comment:
You're tutorial was very helpful! The "Personal Web Site Starter Kit" option was a nice find! I've always developed my sites from scratch! Very nicely written!

Thank you!
Ashley
Title: My Export Wizard is grayed out   
Name: Dannyhut
Date: 2007-06-26 6:52:13 PM
Comment:
Hi,

I have created a template but when I select the File Menu, my Export Wizard Menu Item is there but is grayed out and I can not select it. Please can any one help.

Thanks
Dannyhut
Title: Customizing the project template   
Name: AP
Date: 2007-06-20 5:33:07 PM
Comment:
Check this article and it should help you out http://aspalliance.com/1001_Speed_Up_with_Project_Templates_Using_Visual_Studio_2005__Part_3
Title: Customizing the project template   
Name: Moupiya
Date: 2007-06-20 1:22:00 AM
Comment:
HI Ameet
Nice article.It ehlped me to know many things.I have a query.I created a project template.Now i want when the user selects my project template then he is asked for whats all things he wants to select from the project template.
Like while i created the template project i added different folders.But the user may/may not need all the things.So when he selects my project template he is asked for the options
Thanks in advance
Moupiya
Title: Thank you   
Name: DKB
Date: 2007-01-26 8:12:13 PM
Comment:
Thankyou for all your efforts in giving us this project to use. Is there somwhere in this site that helps with design of a web template know that would compliment these instructions just great
Title: Doubt   
Name: Thiyagarajan.N
Date: 2006-12-11 11:45:30 PM
Comment:
Hi, I have a doubt while create the Project template.I want to create a Project template for 3-Tier web application in a single template.It should contains one Presentation layer,BLL and DAL of solutions. How can i do that?

thanks
Thiyagarajan.N
Title: Missing Templates Problem   
Name: AS
Date: 2006-11-15 8:51:30 AM
Comment:
Well, this seems to be a known "hairy" problem. I have not found a solution to my problem just yet, but at least I know that it is a problem and some people have tried to solve it. I hope this link helps if you are experiencing it:

http://geekswithblogs.net/ehammersley/archive/2005/11/08/59451.aspx
Title: Still have a question   
Name: AS
Date: 2006-11-15 8:38:48 AM
Comment:
Good article, thanks!

I have tried the steps that you mention.
However, when I go to create a new project I do not see the template that I just created. I can see the zip file that was created, but I do not see the specific template that I just created. I also tried re-setting, as suggested by Mike before, but it does not work. Any suggestions? I'd like to use templates to work with C# Windows applications - not web apps. Thank you again for your time!
Title: Thank you buddy   
Name: Murat YILMAZ
Date: 2006-11-07 2:41:04 AM
Comment:
Hey,
Thank you buddy for your article.
Title: Edit item template   
Name: Firoz
Date: 2006-10-06 4:36:28 AM
Comment:
A very good explanation of templates. Thanks.

One question though, can one edit an existing item (or project) template?
Title: very helpful   
Name: Amanda
Date: 2006-10-05 3:54:56 PM
Comment:
Your article answered all of my questions and then some that I hadn't even thought of asking - thanks!
Title: Thank You!   
Name: Jeffrey
Date: 2006-09-29 11:52:12 AM
Comment:
Thank you so much for this article and the way it was written. As a fairly new user, I was totally lost on the use of templates until I read your article. Few if any of the books that I have purchased ever even discussed templates. Thank uou once again.
Title: My Templates? (Got it!)   
Name: S10
Date: 2006-09-27 11:04:37 AM
Comment:
The templates are under the Visual Basic root node in the New Project selection UI. I was looking under Windows and Starter kits and Other Project Types!
Title: My Templates?   
Name: S10
Date: 2006-09-27 10:49:48 AM
Comment:
I've created a template for a DLL project instead of a Web Site. The Zip file has been created and is placed in the same directory as referred to by the Tools -> Options -> General -> User templates location directory.

However when I create a new project and use the newly created template, I do not seem to be given the "My Templates" bit of the UI! I've tried going into "Other Project Types"->Visual studio solutions as well, but the "My Templates" doesn't appear.

I've used VB.net to create the template. Does this matter?
Title: Export Template option   
Name: Ameet
Date: 2006-09-16 2:43:09 PM
Comment:
Follow these steps. Its taken from the article itself

Please note: Some users might not see the Export Template option in their File Menu. You might need to add that option by following these steps.

· Right Click on the toolbar and select Customize.

· Click on the Commands tab.

· Under Categories, select File.

· Under Commands Select Export Template and drag the command under File Menu.
Title: Reset Import and Export Settings   
Name: Mike
Date: 2006-09-16 9:23:30 AM
Comment:
If your Export Template Option is not visible, I just made if visible by Resetting all settings in the Import and Export Settings Wizard.
Tools->Import and Export Settings ->Reset all Settings
I can see the option now!
Title: Click File -> Export Templates   
Name: Mike
Date: 2006-09-16 8:37:24 AM
Comment:
Any hint on how to make the Export Template option visible?
I'm using VS 2005 Professional.
Title: Gud   
Name: MZH
Date: 2006-08-29 1:44:52 AM
Comment:
Very Very gud
Title: Excellent   
Name: Harry K
Date: 2006-08-19 11:20:39 AM
Comment:
Now I know how to create a project and item template of my own. Many thanks for the concise step by step illustration.
Title: Location Field   
Name: Jai
Date: 2006-08-18 12:48:05 PM
Comment:
when i created a project template and tried to use it the location field was hidden and i couldnt create my site at a different location, could you help me as to why it happens.

its a great time saver to work new projects this way.

thanks.
jai
Title: Well put together...   
Name: Yogesh R
Date: 2006-08-18 10:47:22 AM
Comment:
your article is well put together. Since create best practices and templates are prone to change as we identify new standards and requirements, is there a way to change an existing custom template or Do we just need to create new projects from existing templates and create new templates from them?
Title: Thanks   
Name: AD
Date: 2006-08-07 8:34:41 AM
Comment:
Very useful -- many thanks for the information.
Title: Nice!   
Name: Tony A
Date: 2006-08-05 11:42:51 AM
Comment:
Nice article Ameet: Well and concisely written together with good illustrations: A great help:

Thanks and keep up the good work:

Regards

Tony A

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