Generates p5 Tern def file from source
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Generates Tern def file for p5.js from source by using yuidoc. A fork of @angelozerr's tern.yuidoc.

Background info on the p5 Tern def project



  1. Clone the repository with git clone
  2. Install dependencies with npm install
  3. Put the p5.js data.json file in the project root
  4. Run grunt tasks with grunt
  5. One of the grunt tasks starts a local server. When the tasks are complete, manually kill the server with ctrl + c

Grunt tasks

  • grunt replace matches and removes <p> and </p> tags in the data.json, then saves the updated file in temp/
  • grunt file_append prepends "var yuiDoc =" to temp/data.json
  • grunt rename moves temp/data.json to generator/ and renames it so it can be read by the generator script
  • grunt connect starts a server so we can generate the Tern def file in the browser. A script in the HTML file automatically downloads the generated file.

Running just grunt automatically runs all four tasks, but you can choose to run one at a time.


The basic structure of the project is given in the following way:

  • data.json in the project root is the starting file; you can get it at
  • generator/ generates YUI tern plugin from yuidoc data.json by using HTML pages
  • lib/ scripts to transform yuidoc data.json to Tern def