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@examples

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Use the @examples JSDoc tag to write small and wonderfully concise tests, just above your code. Simple examples are worth a thousand words so here goes:

/**
 * @examples
 * isInteger(5)     // true
 * isInteger(5.0)   // true
 * isInteger(-5)    // true
 * isInteger(3.14)  // false
 * isInteger('foo') // false
 * isInteger(NaN)   // false
 */
function isInteger(x) {
  return x === Math.floor(x);
}

The best part is, now you can actually test that these examples hold true. This is especially great with regular expressions:

(function(){
 
  /**
   * XSD shema type xsd:gYearMonth
   * @expose gYearMonth
   * @examples
   * gYearMonth.test('1989-05')    // true
   * gYearMonth.test('2099-10')    // true
   * gYearMonth.test('2000-01-01') // false
   * gYearMonth.test('99-01')      // false
   * gYearMonth.test('2100-01')    // false
   */
  var gYearMonth = /^(19|20)\d\d-(0[1-9]|1[012])$/;
 
})();

The @expose JSDoc tag adds gYearMonth to the global scope after it is declared. Without @expose the test would fail because gYearMonth is undefined.

The next example illustrates that any javascript object can be used as an expected values and equality is checked using a recursive deepEquals approach. When an exception is expected use throws.

/**
 * JavaScript edge cases: undefined
 * @examples
 *
 * // foobar is never defined
 *
 * if(foobar)done() // throws
 * typeof foobar    // "undefined"
 * {wrap: foobar}   // {wrap: void 0}
 *
 */

For more examples and features have a look at the sample folder. Please submit an issue if you encounter any trouble.

FAQ

How should use this library?

Everybody that wants to add the @examples syntax to there testing workflow or tool should have a look. If you would like to discuss the integration into your tool, please feel free to contact me.

Does this generate JSDoc project documentation?

No it does not. For this use e.g. grunt-jsdoc. Also have a look at the sample folder where grunt-jsdoc is used as well.

This looks a lot like autodoc. Why not just use autodoc or fork it?

I really liked the idea of autodoc, but not that test runs are mixed into the documentation. Also in my opinion the goal to be a full blown JSDoc suit adds a lot of unnecessary weight and clutter. So this project treats @examples tests like real tests and a seperate JSDoc parser can be used to generate the documentation.