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    Read the !@#$%^& docs!

    Use readem to generate and serve documentation for source files that use JSDoc-style comments.

    This is a WIP. For now, see the jsdoc-to-docsify example's README. Docsify rendering is coming next, along with support for more tags.

    Features:

    • Scan for and retrieve data from all JSDoc comments of all files in a given folder (and subfolders) using the FolderScanner class. This gives you a JS object with all the information from every tag. This does not do anything more than that.

      The JSDoc syntax is loose. All JSDoc tags follow the format @thetag {type} name - and a description where all fields are optional. The object literal returned for each tag is simple, something like the following (TODO expand once we use readem to generate readem's docs):

      // Map of file to array of comments (in order they are found in their file)
      return {
      	// A file mapped to its comments.
      	'./path/to/source/file.js': [
      		// Each comment is a map of tag names to tag content
      		{
      			thetag: {type: 'type', name: 'name', description: 'and a description'},
      			othertag: {type: 'SomeType', name: 'something', description: 'and a another description'},
      		},
      		// And here's the tag content of another comment in the same file.
      		{
      			anothertag: {type: 'SomeType', name: 'another', description: 'and a another description'},
      		},
      	],
      	// Another file and its comments' tag data. Note the .cpp extension. FolderScanner looks for comments (/** */), regardless of source format.
      	'./path/to/another/file.cpp': [
      		{
      			onemoretag: {type: 'SomeType', name: 'onemore', description: 'and yet another description'},
      		},
      	],
      }
    • The CommentAnalyzer class takes things one step further: it builds on top of FolderScanner to analyze all the extracted JSDoc tags and does things like create JS objects representing information for classes (including their properties and methods) and functions (including their parameters and return types). TODO: This should probably be renamed to ProgrammingCommentAnalyzer (because we could, for example, make an analyzer that analyzes JSDoc comments from CSS files). It returns an object similar to the following (TODO make docs and ensure this is accurate):

      return {
      	// The path of the folder that CommentAnalyzer was told to scan.
      	sourceFolder: './path/to/folder/',
      
      	// Class info is gathered from JSDoc comments with the `@class` tag, and
      	// all the comments with `@property` or `@method` tags found between a
      	// respective `@class` comment and the next `@class` comment or file
      	// ending.
      	classes: {
      		// `@class` comments and supporting comments.
      		SomeClass: {
      			name: 'SomeClass',
      			file: './path/to/SomeClass.php',
      			description: 'The description of the class',
      			abstract: boolean, // With the `@abstract` tag.
      			extends: [
      				// This is an array of the class names that the given class extends
      				// (from multiple `@extends` tags naming the classes that are
      				// extended). This is useful for documenting not just single
      				// inheritance, but also multiple inheritance (f.e. this could be
      				// done with "class-factory mixins" in JavaScript/TypeScript, but
      				// instead of describing the mixin functions). By knowing the name,
      				// information for the base class can be grabbed from the root
      				// `classes` map.
      				'OneClass',
      				'AnotherClass',
      				// ...
      			],
      			properties: {
      				// `@property` comments
      				someProp: {
      					name: 'someProp',
      					description: 'The description of the property',
      					access: 'protected', // `@public` (default), `@protected`, or `@private` tags
      					type: 'SomeType',
      				},
      				// more properties...
      			},
      			methods: {
      				// `@method` comments
      				someMethod: {
      					name: 'someMethod',
      					description: 'The description of the method',
      					access: 'public',
      					params: {
      						// `@param` tags
      						parameterName: {
      							name: 'parameterName',
      							type: 'SomeType',
      							description: "The parameter's description.",
      						},
      						// more parameters...
      					},
      					returns: 'SomeReturnType', // `@return` or `@returns` tag
      				},
      				// more methods...
      			},
      		},
      		// more classes.
      	},
      	// This contains info for any comment with an `@function` tag that also contains @param or @return or @returns JSDoc tags.
      	functions: {
      		// `@function` comments
      		someFunction: {
      			name: 'someFunction',
      			file: './path/to/someFunction.ts',
      			description: 'The description of the method',
      			params: {
      				// `@param` tags
      				parameterName: {
      					name: 'parameterName',
      					type: 'SomeType',
      					description: "The parameter's description.",
      				},
      				// more parameters...
      			},
      			returns: 'SomeReturnType', // `@return` or `@returns` tag
      		},
      		// more functions...
      	},
      }

      TODO: Allow grouping by type, or grouping by file.

      TODO The analysis is fairly simple for now, and convers the most basic features of classes and functions: only classes and functions are analyzed, and basically what you see above is all the information that is returned. We could add support for class concepts like @packageprotected, @final, @friendof, etc, things like @deprecated for both classes and functions, or new top-level things like @typedef for defining non-runtime types.

      Please open a request if you have any ideas or needs!

    • The MarkdownRenderer class goes even one step further, but this class is the most incomplete class at the moment. Given what CommentAnalyzer spits out, MarkdownRenderer will output markdown files (based on data from the analyzed classes and functions) to a destination folder, matching the same folder structure as with the input source folder, but inside the destination folder. If a class extends another class, MarkdownRenderer will create a link to the other class's file, making it navigable.

      TODO: Also include functions, like with build-docs.js in the jsdoc-to-docsify example.

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