Getting Started

The easiest way to get started with the CODE Framework, is to install the CODE Framework Tools Visual Studio Extension through the Visual Studio Extension Manager:

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Once these extensions are installed, new project templates become available in Visual Studio, such as these:

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Note that this does not install the actual framework, but only the tools. However, if you use a template that requires framework components (such as the CODE Framework WPF MVVM/MVC template), the tools detect the dependency and show a dialog like this:

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Using this dialog, CODE Framework assemblies can be added to the current project, either by adding files stored locally in a folder or ZIP file (after having downloaded the desired version manually from CodePlex), or you can let the tool retrieve the latest version from CodePlex for you and add the assemblies directly.

Note that CODE Framework assemblies are generally not installed in the GAC (although you could do so yourself if you prefer this option) but they are put into a dummy location in the local solution. This has the advantage that different solutions built with the CODE Framework can use different versions without colliding with each other, and allowing the developer full control over when and to what version a certain solution is to be upgraded to. It also has the advantage that all external assemblies can be checked into source control, allowing other developers to simply join the project through source control without relying on additional installs. This also allows them to always retrieve the correct version of these dependencies automatically. This generally works very well for typical business applications.

For more information and samples, please see the article links at the top of this page.


CODE Framework is part of a bigger effort, and as such, the source code provided is for download purposes only. However, we do see this as a community effort and we will consider contributions. If you are interested in contributing, please send an email to


CODE Framework is free and open source. However, that does not mean "unsupported"! We do offer premium support, training, consulting, and custom software development for CODE Framework.

Check out our support page, or click here to contact us for more information!

CODE Framework Events

We are currently working on the dates and locations for the next CODE Framework Events. Please check back soon.