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JET FAQ How do I run an individual JET template and get a string back?

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Question

I've looked at the runTransformOnX() methods (x=Object,String, ...) in org.eclipse.jet.JET2Platform. Is there a JET2 class that does something like org.eclipse.emf.codegen.jet.JETEmitter in EMF: take a list of arguments, execute a template against them, and return a string?

Answer

JET 0.8.0 has a class org.eclipse.jet.JET2TemplateManager. You use it something like this...

String[] jetTransformsToSearch = { "a.b.c", ... };

final String templatePath = "... project relative path of the template to 
run.jet ...";
final JET2Context context = new JET2Context( ... source model or null ...);
// optionally set any context variables via
context.setVariable("name", ... value ...);
final BufferedJET2Writer out = new BodyContentWriter();
JET2TemplateManager.run( jetTransformsToSeach, new 
JET2TemplateManager.ITemplateOperation() {
    public run(JET2TemplateManager.ITemplateRunner templateRunner) {
        String result = templateRunner.generate( templatePath, context, out );
     }
});
// do something with the result
String output = out.getContent();

The reason for passing the runnable-like class is that the manager may have to dynamically load JET projects from the workspace. JET is very careful to make sure such things get unloaded again - using the ITemplateOperation helps identify that boundary. In real life, you would probably execute multiple templates in a single ITemplateOperation.

Lastly, I noticed the Javadoc for ITemplateRunner.generate() says it throughs IllegalAccessException. It does not. It throughs IllegalArgumentException of templatePath does not map to a know template. I have submitted bug 195523.


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