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Inheriting Javadoc Method Comments

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Although the JDK Tools and Utilities pages for the javadoc tool describe the rules of Javadoc method comment reuse by implementing and inheriting methods, it is easy to unnecessarily explicitly describe comment inheritance with [email protected]} when it’s not really needed because the same comments would be implicitly inherited. The Java 8 javadoc tool page describes the rules of inherited method ...

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New Javadoc Tags @apiNote, @implSpec and @implNote

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If you’re already using Java 8, you might have seen some new Javadoc tags: @apiNote, @implSpec and @implNote. What’s up with them? And what do you have to do if you want to use them? Overview This post will have a quick view at the tags’ origin and current status. It will then explain their meaning and detail how they ...

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Using Markdown syntax in Javadoc comments

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In this post we will see how we can write Javadoc comments using Markdown instead of the typical Javadoc syntax. So what is Markdown? Markdown is a plain text formatting syntax designed so that it optionally can be converted to HTML using a tool by the same name. Markdown is popularly used to format readme files, for writing messages in ...

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The Illuminating Javadoc of JDK 8

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One of the nice features of the standard JDK 8 API documentation is the ability to view all or different categories of methods as discussed in my blog post JDK 8 Javadoc Tweaked For Methods Listings. As convenient and useful as this categorization is, the text comments associated with many of the new classes and packages in JDK 8 are ...

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Maven Fluido Skin and Javadoc class diagrams

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I have been using Maven sites for a while, and am very happy with it. I didn’t like to have to update my projects after Maven 3, but that was all right, Maven 3 brought many new cool things. However, there were two things that annoyed me: lack of a nice and modern skin, and browsing Javadoc of complex code. ...

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Top 5 Reasons for Not Using JavaDoc in the Next Project

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JavaDoc is an absolutely must for the development of frameworks and libraries which provide a public interface for others, e.g. Spring Framework, JDKs. For in house enterprise software and/or product development there are for me the following reasons to ignore the ‘100% JavaDoc Policy’ in the future. 1) The Observation that About 95% of the Comments Give No Added Value ...

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Doclava: Custom Javadoc Doclet from Google

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Doclava is a custom Javadoc Doclet from Google, used by Google Guice (see their slight cooler Javadocs). Doclava uses JSilver as its templating engine, a pure-Java implementation of Clearsilver. I personally like the idea of Federated Documents to allow documentations to link and integrate to each other on open projects. Here are the main differences between Doclava and the standard Doclet: Refreshed ...

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