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Another awesome new feature in BimlExpress 2017 is the preview pane! This means, you can now see the Biml code without going through detours like writing the RootNode to a Textfile!

For reasons of readability, I just added the code samples at the very end of this post – they don’t really matter here!

Once you’ve installed BimlExpress 2017 and open your first Biml file, you will probably notice immediately, that the screen is split horizontally – that is exactly for the preview pane.

If you need more real estate for your actual code, just click the “Hide” button at the lower left corner.
To actually get a preview, click the “Update” button on the lower right:

As you can see, you get a preview which matches your Biml code exactly, as we did not add any BimlScript to it so the Biml engine did not have to modify or expand anything:

Pretty boring and useless? Hold on!

Let’s see what happens if we add some BimlScript to our code:

Pretty awesome, right?

But it doesn’t end there. You can also make use of “extra” files (e.g. Environment.biml).

Any by the way, have you ever used Biml to generate T-SQL for example and found it a bit complicated, that you had to write the result to a textfile manually? No need for that anymore – the preview window can display any kind of code that you send to it:

Don’t you just have to love that feature?

Any questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you at !

Further Information on Biml in English can be found on our English Biml Page.

Happy Biml’ing!

PS: As promised, the code samples:

<Biml xmlns="http://schemas.varigence.com/biml.xsd">
        <Package Name="I can do a preview!"></Package>
<#@template Language="VB"#>
<Biml xmlns="http://schemas.varigence.com/biml.xsd">
<# for n as integer = 1 to 15 #>
    <Package Name="MyAutomatedBiml<#= n #>"/>
<# next#>
<Biml xmlns="http://schemas.varigence.com/biml.xsd">
        <Connection Name="Source" ConnectionString="provider=SQLNCLI11;data source=.;integrated security=SSPI;initial catalog=AWDW2014" />
<#@ template language="VB" #>
<# Dim SRC as AstDbConnectionNode = Rootnode.Connections("Source")
Dim ImportResult as ImportResults = SRC.ImportDB(nothing,"DimAccount",nothing)
for each tbl in ImportResult.TableNodes #>
<#= tbl.GetDropAndCreateDDL() #>
<# next#>