There's a few simple things which can be good to know sooner
rather than later:
If the readability of your generated code is bad and you want to read it for
some reason, then don't spend time trying to fix indentation in your templates.
Instead, select all and use the formatter that is built in in in Visual Studio.
In short, type Ctrl-A, Ctrl-K, F. If your file is of a type that the formatter
understands your code is now formatted better.
Some of the files generated in different places are already XML. The .xsd file
(the Dataset file) is already in XML. You can use that to generate code. You
can drag and drop a table from a database into a dataset and it will create an
XML representation for that table. It isn't perfect, but at least it is
something. Your app.config (or web.config) is also XML. WSDL is XML.
Some characters have a special meaning in XML. If you want a less than sign in
your output, whether you use it in your xtemplate or in your xsource file you
have to use special escape sequences.
For <, type < (note the ampersand and the semicolon).
For > type >
For & type &
To remove the xml header <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?> at the
top of the output document, place this: <output method="text" /> In your
stylesheet, at the top level, like this:
<stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
<output method="text" />
You can create a shortcut to Tools -> Transform if you are a keyboard
jockey. You do this by clicking Tools -> Options. Then choose Keyboard in
the Environment folder. In the field called "show commands containing:", type
in vsxgen. Select Transfrom. Then click on the "Press shortcut key(s):" field
and press for instance Ctrl-Shift-X and then assign. If you are using the
default keyboard mapping scheme you will be asked to create a new scheme, but
that's ok. Go ahead and do that. Now you can use the new shortcut
(Ctrl-Shift-X) to generate code.