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If you have just discovered FreeMarker and would like to switch to it, but you have existing solutions that use Velocity here are the steps you have to take to convert to FreeMarker. If you wonder why would you want to switch to using FreeMarker, here's a quick summary of FreeMarker vs. Velocity features features.
Convert your templates
To help you convert your templates, we supply you with an automatic template converter, codenamed "US Cavalry". It will read and parse your Velocity templates, then write them out in FreeMarker syntax. It can 100% read any valid Velocity 1.2 template, since it actually uses a modified version of Velocity parser code. Download US Cavalry and launch it from the command line to convert the templates:
USCavalry0_3.tar.gz (431K bytes)
Convert your Java code
Once you're through the template conversion process, you have to rewrite
your Java code so that it uses FreeMarker instead of Velocity.
If you use the latest preview of 2.1 release, then you have to create an
If you're using the last public release, the 2.0.3 version, then the
process is a little bit different. Here you create an instance of
Note that in FreeMarker, you can use a huge variety of data model to
Java object mappings. Velocity's approach - namely to map template
expressions to direct reflective methods invocations on Java objects -
is just one of possibilities in FreeMarker. Since during the migration
you'll probably want to stick with this data model mapping (at least for
a while), you'll have to run your context objects through an adapter
Convert your servlets
If you were using Velocity in a servlet environment, you can either
use the guidelines set out in previous section "Convert your Java code",
to convert your servlet code, or you can try out the full-featured,
If you were using the Velocity's Anakia tool, you'll be pleased to know that there's an equivalent tool in FreeMarker. It has a less poetic name "FreemarkerXmlTask", and it does just what Anakia did - converts XML documents through a template as part of an Ant build process. You'll however find that thanks to the FreeMarker's notion of abstract data models the syntax for dealing with XML documents in FreeMarker is orders of magnitude more intuitive than what Anakia offers you. In our opinion, that is. The "FreemarkerXmlTask" is included in the FreeMarker download.
Alternatively, if the "FreemarkerXmlTask" is not enough feature rich for your job, you can use FMPP.
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