A simple micro templating engine that uses data objects and reflection to effectively populate a template.
On several occasions I have come across the need for a tiny and efficient yet simple templating engine to print reports, articles, snippets etc within larger systems where a full blown CMS is not warranted. Hence I came up with this solution where you can populate an object and pass it with a template to a template engine that fleshes out the template. This has worked quite well
for me and I would like to share it with any one who has a similar need.
Using the code
The idea behind the templating engine is to use a data object to populate a template. The properties themselves will be markers in the template and the values of these properties will flesh out the template.
At the heart of the engine is the below method that will use reflection to
iterate through the properties and replace the tags/markers in the template.
public string MergeObject(object MergeObject, string tempDoc)
string result = tempDoc;
Type t = MergeObject.GetType();
PropertyInfo props = t.GetProperties();
foreach (PropertyInfo prp in props)
if (MergeObject != null)
result = Regex.Replace(result, "<"+prp.Name+">",
Ritesh is an IT consultant with over ten years of experience in the IT industry varying from consultation, architecture, design, development to technical management. He has a strong background in solutions and applications architecture with a focus on Microsoft’s .Net platform. His area of expertise spans design and implementation of client/server, database and web-based systems. He has worked with C#, ASP.NET 1.1 and 2.0, ADO.NET, Web Services and SQL technology on several enterprise class projects.
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