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Creating a Custom Tool to Generate Multiple Files in Visual Studio 2005

, 30 Nov 2006
Visual Studio provides interfaces for extending the environment to generate one file from another through a &quot;Custom Tool&quot;. <br>Now, learn how to generate multiple files, easily, and extensibly.
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Runtime.InteropServices;
using System.IO;
using System.Text.RegularExpressions;
using System.Net;

namespace VsMultipleFileGenerator
    public class HtmlImageEmbedderCustomTool : VsMultipleFileGenerator<string>

        public override IEnumerator<string> GetEnumerator()
            Stream inStream = File.OpenRead(base.InputFilePath);
            Regex regAnchor = new Regex("<img src=[\"']([^\"']+)[\"'][^>]+[/]?>", RegexOptions.IgnoreCase);
                StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(inStream);
                string line = null;
                while ((line = reader.ReadLine()) != null)
                    MatchCollection mc = regAnchor.Matches(line);
                    foreach (Match match in mc)
                        // yield each element to the enumerator
                        yield return match.Groups[1].Value;

        protected override string GetFileName(string element)
            return element.Substring(element.LastIndexOf('/') + 1);

        public override byte[] GenerateContent(string element)
            // create the image file
            WebRequest getImage = WebRequest.Create(element);

            return StreamToBytes(getImage.GetResponse().GetResponseStream());

        public override byte[] GenerateSummaryContent()
            // Im not going to put anything in here...
            return new byte[0];

        public override string GetDefaultExtension()
            return ".txt";

        protected byte[] StreamToBytes(Stream stream)
            MemoryStream outBuffer = new MemoryStream();

            byte[] buffer = new byte[1024];
            int count = 0;
            while ((count = stream.Read(buffer, 0, buffer.Length)) > 0)
                outBuffer.Write(buffer, 0, count);

            return outBuffer.ToArray();

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