documentation-lite

Extract JSDoc documentation from a Javascript source file into a JSON output structure.


Keywords
documentation, jsdoc, javascript, docs, doc, es6, es5
License
MIT
Install
npm install documentation-lite@1.1.2

Documentation

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Extract JSDoc documentation from ES5/ES6 files into a JSON output structure.

This is a wrapper around the excellent documentation.js which simplifies the returned JSON to make it easier to use for further processing.

At present it does not resolve external dependencies, and is designed for processing one file at a time.

Features:

  • Works with both code strings and files.
  • Works with constants, classes, static methods and generator methods.
  • Uses Markdown formatting where needed (e.g. for inline code)
  • Can optionally attach original source code to each tree node.

Example

/**
 * Aaah, a Jedi weapon!
 *
 * Use this wisely, or not, it's upto you really.
 */
class LightSabre extends Weapon {
  /**
   * Destroy all possibilities of this weapon.
   */
  static destroyAll () {
    console.log('No more lightsabres allowed? Yikes');
  }

  /**
   * This is the constructor.
   *
   * Just in case you don't get that let me add the `constructor` tag too!
   * @constructor
   */
  constructor () {
    super('Will you be my friend?');

    this.dukeNukemQuote = 'Come get some';
  }

  /**
   * Strike an opponent.
   *
   * Maul them down, completely.
   * 
   * @return {Object} will have `success: true` set.
   */
  strike (opponent) {
    console.log(this.dukeNukemQuote);

    this._putLightSabreThroughHeart(opponent);

    return {
      success: true
    };
  }

  /**
   * Strike an opponent asynchronously.
   *
   * @see strike
   */
  * strikeAsync (opponent) {
    return this.strike(opponent);
  }

  /**
   * @override
   * @see Weapon#getType
   */
  get a () {
    return 'light sabre';
  }
}

Will output:

{
  "classes": [
    {
      "name": "LightSabre",
      "tags": {},
      "description": [
        "Aaah, a Jedi weapon!",
        "Use this wisely, or not, it's upto you really."
      ],
      "parents": [
        {
          "name": "Weapon"
        }
      ],
      "instance": {
        "constructor": {
          "name": "constructor",
          "tags": {
            "_constructor": [
              {
                "description": null
              }
            ]
          },
          "description": [
            "This is the constructor.",
            "Just in case you don't get that let me add the `constructor` tag too!"
          ],
          "params": [],
          "returns": [],
          "throws": []
        },
        "methods": {
          "strike": {
            "name": "strike",
            "tags": {
              "return": [
                {
                  "description": "will have `success: true` set.",
                  "type": {
                    "name": "Object"
                  }
                }
              ]
            },
            "description": [
              "Strike an opponent.",
              "Maul them down, completely."
            ],
            "params": [
              {
                "name": "opponent",
                "description": [],
                "type": {}
              }
            ],
            "returns": [
              {
                "description": [
                  "will have `success: true` set."
                ],
                "type": {
                  "name": "Object"
                }
              }
            ],
            "throws": []
          },
          "strikeAsync": {
            "name": "strikeAsync",
            "tags": {
              "see": [
                {
                  "description": "strike"
                }
              ]
            },
            "description": [
              "Strike an opponent asynchronously."
            ],
            "params": [
              {
                "name": "opponent",
                "description": [],
                "type": {}
              }
            ],
            "returns": [],
            "throws": []
          }
        },
        "properties": {
          "a": {
            "name": "a",
            "getter": {
              "name": "a",
              "tags": {
                "override": [
                  {
                    "description": null
                  }
                ],
                "see": [
                  {
                    "description": "Weapon#getType"
                  }
                ]
              },
              "description": [],
              "params": [],
              "returns": [],
              "throws": []
            }
          }
        }
      },
      "static": {
        "methods": [
          {
            "name": "destroyAll",
            "tags": {},
            "description": [
              "Destroy all possibilities of this weapon."
            ],
            "params": [],
            "returns": [],
            "throws": []
          }
        ]
      },
      "constructor": {
        "name": "constructor",
        "tags": {
          "_constructor": [
            {
              "description": null
            }
          ]
        },
        "description": [
          "This is the constructor.",
          "Just in case you don't get that let me add the `constructor` tag too!"
        ],
        "params": [],
        "returns": [],
        "throws": []
      }
    }
  ]
}

For more examples see the test/data folder.

Installation

npm install documentation-lite

Usage

Import the module:

const docLite = require('documentation-lite');

There are two API methods, both of which are asynchronous and return Promises, and also accept callbacks in case that's how you'd rather code:

**
 * Extract documentation from given string of code.
 * 
 * @param {String} codeStr String of code to process.
 * @param {Object} [options] Additional options.
 * @param {Boolean} [options.includeCode] If set then each output node will include a `code` key containing the original relevant source code.
 * @param {Function} [cb] Result callback, in case you do not want to use Promises.
 * @return {Promise} resolves to JSON structure.
 */
processString (codeStr, options, cb);

/**
 * Extract documentation from given file.
 * 
 * @param  {String} filePath Absolute path to file.
 * @param {Object} [options] Additional options.
 * @param {Boolean} [options.includeCode] If set then each output node will include a `code` key containing the original relevant source code.
 * @param {Function} [cb] Result callback, in case you do not want to use Promises.
 * @return {Promise} resolves to JSON structure.
 */
processFile (filePath, options, cb);

Using with a Promise

Using processString() with a Promise:

const code = `
/**
 * A variable!
 * @type {String}
 */
const DIR = __dirname;
`;

docLite.processString(code)
  .then((json) => {
    console.log(json);
  })
  .catch(console.error);

Will output:

{
  "constants": [
    {
      "name": "DIR",
      "tags": {
        "type": [
          {
            "description": null,
            "type": {
              "name": "String"
            }
          }
        ]
      },
      "description": [
        "A variable!"
      ],
      "type": {
        "description": null,
        "type": {
          "name": "String"
        }
      }
    }
  ]
}

Using with a callback

Using processFile() with a callback:

docLite.processFile('myfile.js', (err, json) = {
  if (err) {
    return console.error(err);
  }

  console.log(json);
});

Attaching code to output JSON

Example input file:

/**
 * Output a message
 * @param {String} msg The message.
 */
exports.print = function(msg) {
  console.log(msg);
}

Let's extract the docs:

docLite.processFile('input.js', {
  includeCode: true
})
.then((json) => {
  console.log( JSON.stringify(json, null, 2));
});

Will output:

{
  "methods": [
    {
      "name": "print",
      "tags": {...},
      "description": [...],
      "params": [...],
      "returns": [],
      "throws": [],
      "code": [
        "exports.print = function(msg) {",
        "  console.log(msg);",
        "}"
      ]
    }
  ]
}

Contributors

Contributions welcome - see CONTRIBUTING.md

License

MIT - see LICENSE.md