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From "Ara Abrahamian" <>
Subject RE: Javadoc cleanup for task reference generation
Date Tue, 18 Jun 2002 19:35:31 GMT
Just a suggestion:

You can use jrefactory's <pretty/> task to enforce this kind of
coding/javadocing conventions. The difference between checkstyle and
pretty is that checkstyle only checks the code but pretty actually makes
it prettier :-) It can automatically put "Sets the {0} attribute of ..."
for setters and so on. It can automatically format the code according to
a coding convention file you set up. We're using it in XDoclet with
great success. You can't find a single line of code which is code
convention incompatible although it's done by different guys. It's
active (like xdoclet, you put it in your build), and smart enough to
skip cvs-unmodified files and files which are not newer than the
compiled ones.

PS: Of course it can't strip away "Sets the" prefix from your setters
now that they are there :-)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Erik Hatcher []
> Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2002 5:29 AM
> To: ant-dev
> Subject: Javadoc cleanup for task reference generation
> Steve and I will soon be committing a fair bit of Javadoc-only changes
> the 1.5 branch to get the comments friendly for the proposal/xdocs
> as we work on generating a complete task reference for our book.  I'm
> assuming that no one will object to Javadoc changes, but if so please
> speak
> up.
> One style question: what is the preferred Javadoc comment style for
> setters?
> Lots of our comments say "Sets the [attribute name]".  We already know
> a
> setter, so is it ok to drop the "Sets the" part?
> Our HTML task reference documentation does not have the "Sets the"
> and
> the goal is to get the xdocs project solid enough to drop our HTML
> documentation and use generation straight from the source code. I'm
> planning
> on getting the comments from the HTML files and pasting those over
> Javadoc method comments.  Sound ok?
> I'm 95% of the way to having the output of xdocs be what we need,
> getting Javadoc comments cleaned up - even to the point where it uses
> IntrospectionHelper internally to ensure its matching Ant's rules
>     Erik
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