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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 6, 2016

Implement RPG/CL Documentation Generation within RDi

Currently RPG and CL do not offer a common way for a developer to put comments/documentation within the code and then have documentation be generated.

This is something that other languages offer, such as JAVADocs.

I would like RDi to be able to use the information it already gathers about the code, in the outline view as well as comments added in the code, and generate usable documentation like JAVADocs does.

This would resolve a problem that has been present in the RPG/CL realm for a long time and would simplify the often neglected task of creating system/program documentation.

Other "modern" programming languages have had this ability for a number of years. I really enjoy RPG and want to see it maintain its relevance in todays world and believe that by implementing something like this it will help maintain its relevance and continue to attract younger developers to the language.

Use Case:

Currently there are 2 open source RPG documentation frameworks floating round. RPGLEDOC and ILEDoc. Neither of these are a complete solution and one is no longer maintained at all and the other hasn't been touched in over a year.

By using the lexing and parsing already built into RDi to generate the Outline View, it would not be a long stretch to also gather comments, marked with specific indications, that they should be gathered for the creation of the documentation.

The output of the documentation could be HTML pages or XML that could then be used to generate documentation in ones desired format.

Fixed Format, Free Format and Fully Free Format should all be able to generate the the documentation.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Oct 13, 2016

    This RFE is a duplicate of another RFE. See RFE25264 for current status.

  • Guest
    Oct 6, 2016

    Also created a LUG requirement. LUG Requirement # XX1473