Re: Software that retrieves developer comments from code

Subject: Re: Software that retrieves developer comments from code
From: <gdwarner -at- mindspring -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2002 04:56:31 -0500

"Cara O Sullivan"
<cara_osullivan -at- modusmedia -dot- com> wrote:


> Is there a software package out there that
can retrieve developer comments
> from code and does it easily and cleanly?
Our developers provide in-house
> customizions of Peoplesoft (previously
known as Vantive) and IFS vendor
> software.

People have already suggested Doxygen ...
but if there are budget problems, perhaps a
cheaper solution is in order --!

You could have one of your VB programmers
write a little application that searches a text file
(the code -- and make sure it's a copy) for the
starting and ending character of a quote ("/*"
and "*/" in C, C++ and JavaScript, "//" in C,
Objective C and C++, etc.), puts each one into
a variable, writes the contents of the variable
into a window, clears the variable, and loops
through the process untill all the comments
have been processed.

Ideally, each end of a multi-line quote would
include a carriage return and a linefeed (say
"return") for spacing between comments.

You'll also need a way to tell where in the code
this occurs ... so if there are line numbers,
you'll need those too.

You might even be able to do this in Word
(Tools --> Macros --> Visual Basic Editor).

Good luck ....



> Cara O'Sullivan
> Documentation Writer

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