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Here is a list of features which are already availabled.

  • support of many javadoc tags or phpdocumentor tags in doc comments.
  • A script to run from the command line, to parse all the source code of your project, and it stores the result of the parsing in a database, so you could create your own doc generator from this data.
  • A web interface which will allow you to:
    • navigate in the source code
    • display details on a class/interface : description, list of properties, list of methods, list of inheriting classes, etc..
    • list of global variables, list of constants etc..
    • display details on function etc
  • Since it is an application based on jelix:
    • you can create your own theme for the web interface or the generated static html files
    • you can localize the web interface and the generator
    • you can choice the type of the database (sqlite, mysql, postgresql...)
    • you can include easily modules of rarangi into an other jelix application

in the future

  • web interface
    • 'semantic' search engine, which allow you to search by class identifier, by file name, full text search, etc
  • A script to generate the documentation in static html files
  • support of plugins for tags, to support your own tags
  • support of plugins to parse other files than PHP
  • support of namespaces and all new features provided by PHP 5.3.

Differences with phpdocumentor

phpdocumentor is a widely used documents generator. However, Rarangi has some advantages over it:

  • Rarangi will have a built-in search engine. Most of time, when you want to read something in a reference documentation, you need to do a search. Rarangi fits this need.
  • Rarangi needs much less memory than phpdocumentor. More the source code is huge, more phpdocumentor needs memory. This is not the case of Rarangi.
  • Rarangi doesn't need to parse the source code, each time you want to generate the documentation in different formats. This is because Rarangi stores data in a database (sqlite, mysql or postgresql..)
  • Rarangi is based on an efficient framework, Jelix, which allows Rarangi to be highly extensible and reusable into other Jelix applications.