RE: API Documentation

Subject: RE: API Documentation
From: "Richard Smith" <Richard -dot- Smith -at- windriver -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 09:50:36 -0800

Bill McClain wrote:
<First, a general question for everybody, then stratagems for you:
Does anyone have a feel for how useful these
automatic generators have proven for developers?>

I think the tools are more useful for TWs than developers. The real value of
these tools is (IMO) the ability to parse the code and create a structured
API reference in a specified output format. That can be HTML, MIF, or
perhaps other formats.

I would reccommend that a TW work with the developer to write code comments,
since docs can be generated automatically from code. It somewhat defeats the
purpose if you have to edit generated documentation afterward.

Richard Smith


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