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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 appledoc, Doxygen and HeaderDoc. You can just fill the inline placeholder tokens to finish your document.
Here is an image which can show what it exactly does.
By the way, it also supports Swift now. Cheers!
How to install and use?
The best way of installing is by Alcatraz. Install Alcatraz followed by the instruction, restart your Xcode and press Some users reported the setting panel can not be opened if installing from Alcatraz, so I suggest to build the plugin yourself until this issue get fixed.
⇧⌘9. You can find
VVDocumenter-Xcode in the list and click the icon on left to install.
If you do not like the Alcatraz way, you can also clone the repo. Then 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 find some other useful options there, including setting using spaces instead of tab in the panel or changing the format of generated documentation.
This plug-in is supported in Xcode 5 and 6 (current beta). From Xcode 5, Apple added a 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. Once you update your Xcode, the plugin might be disabled 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.
Yes, this plugin supports documentation for Swift now. Check this post from @mattt to see how to write the documentation for swift. By using
VVDocumenter-Xcode, you can just type
/// to make the magic happen.
Limitations and Future
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 .
VVDocumenter-Xcode is now using regular expression to extract things needed, which is not the best way to do such thing. A better approach could be using the AST, and I also have a plan to do it later if I have some more time :)
VVDocumenter is published under MIT License
Copyright (c) 2014 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.