Tuesday, 10 February 2009

.NET Documentation Tool Code Documentor 9.5

The .NET Documentation Tool code documentor tool automatically builds comprehensive technical software documentation for .NET Framework applications written in VB.NET or C#. Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Access databases associated with the application may also be documented if required. There is enhanced functionality for documenting ASP.NET web applications.

Reports are created in HTML [sample], Microsoft's HTML Help [sample], word processor compatible RTF [sample], XML [sample] and text [sample] formats. Color coded, syntax highlighted copies of the .NET and SQL code are included with the reports. The compiled HTML Help reports include fully searchable source code, making the
.NET Documentation Tool an invaluable utility in understanding your (or someone
else's!) applications. Versions for ASP and Visual Basic 6.0 are also available.

Changes in version 9.5 of the .NET Documentation Tool are:

  • The .NET Documentation Tool now has an option to create XML format documentation from .NET Framework source code. This is similar functionality to that provided using Visual Studio's "XML document file" option (or the /doc:file compiler option). The .NET
    Documentation Tool does, however have a number of advantages over the facility provided in Visual Studio:

    • XML is created for all members, even if they do not have XML comments associated with them.

    • It is possible to generate a XML file for any type of project that uses namespaces (even web applications!).

    • Members are listed alphabetically.

    • Members not in Namespaces are included in a "NoNamespace" RTF and XML file.

    • Visual Studio is not required!

    Note that a single XML file is created for each namespace used in the application that
    is documented. The XML file is saved in the output folder with the name NamespaceName.xml. To get the most out of this output option, your source code should use both namespaces and XML comments. To display correctly in XML rendering applications such as Internet Explorer, the XML comments in the application's source code should be well formed.

    Download the .NET Documentation Tool Evaluation Version.NET Documentation Tool Trial Version