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Using Javadoc

JavaThe Stat Data Provider Inc. development team scours their code and frantically attempts to piece together a development guide. Unfortunately, they have forgotten the details of how certain portions work. The Javadoc(TM) tool can deter such a situation from showing its ugly face. In this article, the reader is guided through self-documenting code in a structured manner to generate Java(TM) API documentation.

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By: Kulvir Singh Bhogal & Kwang Sik Kang
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January 07, 2004
  1. · Using Javadoc
  2. · Java Documentation Comments
  3. · A Sample Class with Some Comments
  4. · Taking a Peek at the Automagically Generated Documentation
  5. · Conclusion

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Using Javadoc - A Sample Class with Some Comments
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We have provided a sample Java class that incorporates a number of the tags listed above. Download the sample code here and take a few minutes to examine its contents.

Creating Documentation in HTML Format

Generate the Java documentation for the sample class by executing the command in listing 2A.  The first two options, “-author –version”, instruct the javadoc tool to respect the @author & @version tags. Otherwise, javadoc will ignore these tags during document creation. The last option, “-d c:documentation”, informs javadoc to generate the documents to the specified directory.

Listing 2A: Generate documentation through the Javadoc tool

javadoc –author –version –d c:documentation JavaDocDemo.java

The screen shot (Figure 1) shows the successful generation of the documentation.

Generation of Javadoc

Figure 1: Successful Generation of Javadoc

Listing 2B shows the general usage of the javadoc tool. Execute “javadoc –help” for more information regarding the available options.

Listing 2B: Generate documentation for the sample class.

javadoc [options] [packagenames] [sourcefiles] [classnames] [@files]

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