History of APIDocumentation

In an effort to document our code, we've started using code comments and [http://www.stack.nl/~dimitri/doxygen/|Doxygen]. The Doxygen config file can be found under ''yourtikiproinstall''__/doc/doxygen.cfg__.

This page is to help new (and old) Tikipro developers understand how and why we do things the way we do - for API documentation anyway.

!Class Doc Comments
Below are some examples of code comments. Please use them as templates - and any improvements should be posted back here.
!!Copyright Notice
* $Header: /cvsroot/tikipro/_p_tp_kernel/cache_lib.php,v 2004/07/01 12:57:15 wolff_borg Exp $
* Copyright (c) 2004 tikipro.org
* Copyright (c) 2003 tikwiki.org
* Copyright (c) 2002-2003, Luis Argerich, Garland Foster, Eduardo Polidor, et. al.
* All Rights Reserved. See copyright.txt for details and a complete list of authors.
* Licensed under the GNU LESSER GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE. See license.txt for details
* $Id: cache_lib.php,v 2004/07/01 12:57:15 wolff_borg Exp $
This is our copyright notice. Everything with a __$__ tag eg ''$Header: ... $'' is dynamically updated by CVS. This should be included at the beginning of every file in the Tikipro CVS source tree.

!!Class Description
* A basic library to handle caching of some Tiki Objects. Usage is simple and feel free to improve it.
* Currently used to cache user permissions only. Could be used to store blobs to files and other static
* database intensive queries.
* @date created 2003/11/25
* @author lrargerich <lrargerich@yahoo.com>
* @version $Revision: $ $Date: 2004/07/03 02:21:19 $ $Author: wolff_borg $
* @package Kernel
* @class Cachelib
* @todo Need to implement in more places
class Cachelib
So quick explanation. The first two paragraphs are just a description of the class and what it does. Its wise to included where it is used, and if possible point to a code example if its difficult to use.

The next section is a list of fields recognised by Doxygen. For the full listing of Doxygen commands, see [http://www.stack.nl/~dimitri/doxygen/commands.html].

We use date to indicate when the file or library was first created. The date format ''yyyy/mm/dd'' is used to standardise with CVS $Date:$ field.

Authors of the file or library are listed here. This command ends with a blank line. Usually CVS name and email address are included.

For this we use CVS dynamic fields __$Revision: ... $ $Date: ... $ $Author: ... $__. This ensure the data is always up to date and maintenance free.
__We don't use CVS $Name: xxx $ as they do not work well with CVS merges.__

We try and group libraries into packages for classification, but this still needs work.

This identifies the code as a class to Doxygen which is then used to create graphical inheritence and the like.

!Generated Lists
The following are tags that will help our coding efforts.

This tag is used for something still pending to do. __Please don't use FIXME as it does not work with Doxygen.__ Use __\todo__ to ensure it makes it to the generated list. This command ends with a blank line.

Deperecate code is to be phased out. Use this to indicate when you plan to phase it out and alternative classed or functions that it has been replaced by.

Indicates where one or more bugs have been reported - is wise to reference a SourceForge bug number.

Used to describe a test case - not really sure how we would use this yet.
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