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Xcode plug-in which helps you write Javadoc style documents easier.
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What is this?

Writing document is so important for developing, but it is really painful with Xcode. Think about how much time you are wasting in pressing '*' or '/', and typing the parameters again and again. Now, you can find the method (or any code) you want to document to, and type in ///, the document will be generated for you and all params and return will be extracted into a Javadoc style, which is compatible with both appledoc and Doxygen. You can just fill the inline placeholders to finish your document。

Here is an image which can show what it exactly does.

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How to use it?

Build the VVDocumenter-Xcode target in the Xcode project and the plug-in will automatically be installed in ~/Library/Application Support/Developer/Shared/Xcode/Plug-ins. Relaunch Xcode and type in /// above any code you want to write a document to.

If you want to use other text beside of /// to trigger the document insertion, you can find a setting panel by clicking VVDocument in the Window menu of Xcode. You can also set using spaces instead of tab in the panel. Two other options are to prefix each line with star (on by default) and automatically add @since in every document.

Xcode version?

This plug-in is developed and tested in Mac OSX 10.8.5 Xcode 5. The master branch dropped support for Xcode 4. If you want to use it in Xcode 4, please check out the Xcode4 branch. In Xcode 5, Apple added an UUID-verification to all plugins to ensure the stability when Xcode gets updated. The value of DVTPlugInCompatibilityUUIDs in project plist should contains current UUID of Xcode version, or the plugin does not work. I have added a pre-actions script in scheme to set it for you. Once you update your Xcode, the plugin would be invalid and you should check the newest version and built it again.

The default deployment target is 10.8. If you want to use it in a earlier OS version, you should change OS X Deployment Target (in project info setting) to your system version.

Limitations

The plugin is using simulation of keyboard event to insert the doc comments for you. So it is depending the keyboard shortcut of Xcode. These two kinds of operation are being used:

  • Delete to Beginning of the Line (⌘⌫)
  • Paste (⌘V)

If you have modified these two shortcuts in your Xcode, the newset version of the plugin would not work correctly. Instead, you can use a earlier version such as this one(commit 03c4169ff7). Be causion you may suffer an undo and redo issue .

And there are a set of code type I hope to support, but now I just finished some of them.

  • Objc Method (Done)
  • C Function (Done)
  • Macro (Done)
  • Property (Done)
  • Variable (Done)
  • NS_Enum (Done)
  • Struct (To do)
  • Union (To do)

Now the docs for to-do types will be generated only with a basic description (which is the same as Property and Variable).

License

VVDocumenter is published under MIT License

Copyright (c) 2013 Wei Wang (@onevcat)

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of
this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in
the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use,
copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the
Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so,
subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all
copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR
COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER
IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN
CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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