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Tip: Building Javadocs from the Command Line

Some IDEs provide support for generating HTML from Javadocs automatically, but see how this can also be achieved using the command line.


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Some IDEs provide support for generating HTML from Javadocs automatically, but this can be achived also using the command line:

javadoc tool

The most basic usage of the tool is the line below:

javadoc JavaFile.java

That will generate HTML from the Javadoc comments in JavaFile.java.

A more practical use of the command line tool, that will recursively read all Java files in [source-directory], create documentation for the [package.name] and all sub-packages, and also place the generated HTML in the [docs-directory] is:

javadoc -d [docs-directory] -subpackages -sourcepath [source-directory] [package.name]

 

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Octavia Andreea Anghel is a senior PHP developer currently working as a primary trainer for programming teams that participate at national and international software-development contests. She consults on developing educational projects at a national level. She is a coauthor of the book "XML Technologies--XML in Java" (Albastra, ISBN 978-973-650-210-1), for which she wrote the XML portions. In addition to PHP and XML, she's interested in software architecture, web services, UML, and high-performance unit tests.
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