June 5, 2014
Completing my goal to update every product, I'm releasing the next version of MDG (Meta Data Class Generator) with the following features:
- Installation Program
- User Interface
- SQL Compact Data
- Digitally Signed
MDG now includes a real installation program. The installation program will automatically verify that all of the required components (Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 and Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0) exist. If a required component doesn't exist, the installation program will download and install it.
MDG now includes a user interface. The user interface simplifies the setup process and makes interacting with MDG easier.
The Project List is the main form. This form displays the current status of every project and is used to perform project maintenance (new, edit, delete).
- New Project: displays the Project Maintenance with a new project.
- Edit Project: displays the Project Maintenance form for the selected project.
- Delete Project: permanently deletes the selected project.
The Project Maintenance form is used to define the project settings. This form includes the ability to test the settings and to perform the Meta Data Class generation process.
- Project Settings: all settings are required.
- Database Settings: all settings are required.
- Class Settings: all settings are required.
The Project and Database settings include a Test button.
Run Tool Button
The Run button is used to perform the Meta Data Class generation process.
SQL Compact Data
MDG now stores the project information in a SQL Compact 4.0 Database. The database is located in the Common Program Data folder. On a Windows 7 PC, this equates to C:\ProgramData\PF Solutions\Meta Data Class Generator\.
All of the MDG EXE and DLL files are now digitally signed.