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Doxygen — Generate Documentation from Code Comments

Posted in Links, Technology, Writing Better Documentation by engtech on April 20, 2006


Doxygen is a documentation system for C , C, Java, Objective-C, Python, IDL (Corba and Microsoft flavors) and to some extent PHP, C#, and D.It can help you in three ways:

1. It can generate an on-line documentation browser (in HTML) and/or an off-line reference manual (in $mbox{LaTeX}$) from a set of documented source files. There is also support for generating output in RTF (MS-Word), PostScript, hyperlinked PDF, compressed HTML, and Unix man pages. The documentation is extracted directly from the sources, which makes it much easier to keep the documentation consistent with the source code.
2. You can configure doxygen to extract the code structure from undocumented source files. This is very useful to quickly find your way in large source distributions. You can also visualize the relations between the various elements by means of include dependency graphs, inheritance diagrams, and collaboration diagrams, which are all generated automatically.
3. You can even `abuse’ doxygen for creating normal documentation (as I did for this manual).


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  1. […] I get a lot of searches for people who are looking for a Doxygen (1, 2) like utility for documenting their code, especially for HDL/HVLs (Verilog, VHDL, SystemVerilog, Specman e, SystemC). So I decided to create a list of potential non-homebrew solutions to creating inline documentation for your HDL/HVL. […]

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