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README.md

developer.github.com

This is a GitHub API resource built with nanoc.

All submissions are welcome. To submit a change, fork this repo, commit your changes, and send us a pull request.

Setup

Ruby 1.9 is required to build the site.

Get the nanoc gem, plus kramdown for Markdown parsing:

$ bundle install

You can see the available commands with nanoc:

$ bundle exec nanoc -h

Nanoc has some nice documentation to get you started. Though if you're mainly concerned with editing or adding content, you won't need to know much about nanoc.

Styleguide

Not sure how to structure the docs? Here's what the structure of the API docs should look like:

# API title

* TOC
{:toc}

## API endpoint title

    [VERB] /path/to/endpoint

### Parameters

Name | Type | Description
-----|------|--------------
`name`|`type` | Description.

### Input (request JSON body)

Name | Type | Description
-----|------|--------------
`name`|`type` | Description.

### Response

<%= headers 200, :pagination => default_pagination_rels, 'X-Custom-Header' => "value" %>
<%= json :resource_name %>

Note: We're using Kramdown Markdown extensions, such as definition lists.

JSON Responses

We specify the JSON responses in Ruby so that we don't have to write them by hand all over the docs. You can render the JSON for a resource like this:

<%= json :issue %>

This looks up GitHub::Resources::ISSUE in lib/resources.rb.

Some actions return arrays. You can modify the JSON by passing a block:

<%= json(:issue) { |hash| [hash] } %>

Terminal blocks

You can specify terminal blocks with pre.terminal elements. (It'd be nice if Markdown could do this more cleanly.)

<pre class="terminal">
$ curl foobar
....
</pre>

This is not a curl tutorial though. Not every API call needs to show how to access it with curl.

Development

Nanoc compiles the site into static files living in ./output. It's smart enough not to try to compile unchanged files:

$ bundle exec nanoc compile
Loading site data...
Compiling site...
   identical  [0.00s]  output/css/960.css
   identical  [0.00s]  output/css/pygments.css
   identical  [0.00s]  output/css/reset.css
   identical  [0.00s]  output/css/styles.css
   identical  [0.00s]  output/css/uv_active4d.css
      update  [0.28s]  output/index.html
      update  [1.31s]  output/v3/gists/comments/index.html
      update  [1.92s]  output/v3/gists/index.html
      update  [0.25s]  output/v3/issues/comments/index.html
      update  [0.99s]  output/v3/issues/labels/index.html
      update  [0.49s]  output/v3/issues/milestones/index.html
      update  [0.50s]  output/v3/issues/index.html
      update  [0.05s]  output/v3/index.html

Site compiled in 5.81s.

You can setup whatever you want to view the files. If using the adsf gem (as listed in the Gemfile), you can start Webrick:

$ bundle exec nanoc view
$ open http://localhost:3000

Compilation times got you down? Use autocompile!

$ bundle exec nanoc autocompile

This starts a web server too, so there's no need to run nanoc view. One thing: remember to add trailing slashes to all nanoc links!

Deploy

$ bundle exec rake publish

TODO

  • Integrate through a simple hurl.it app for live API calls.
  • Maybe add a nice TOC at the top of each page.
  • Write a task for verifying JSON Resource examples against the actual API.
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