Archives / 2005 / August
  • GhostDoc 1.3.0 Beta 2 Released


    Beta 2 of GhostDoc 1.3.0 has been released, which in terms of features should be pretty close to the release version. The documentation has made a major step forward, but stills needs some work (proofreading, more and better Howtos, especially tutorials for defining custom rules).

    What’s new in 1.3.0 beta 2 compared to beta 1:

    • Added: New options for determining what should be the representation of the C# language keywords "true", "false" and "null" in a documentation comment.
    • Added: New Macros $(True), $(False) and $(Null) to be used in text templates.
    • Added: New Macros for the current date, the name of the current user, etc. ("environment macros").
    • Added: New custom text that will be added once to a newly added documentation comment. As this text will not be updated, can be used for e.g. marking the date and time when a class member was added.
    • Added: New summary template for default property rule (text generation was hard-coded in previous versions).
    • Added: Template for methods with parameters for SingleWordMethodRule (text generation was hard-coded in previous versions).
    • Added: Preliminary documentation for the dialogs.
    • Changed: Default textual representation of "null", "true" and "false" back to the values of version 1.2.1 (<c>null</c>, <c>true</c> and <c>false</c>)
    • Changed: Value text of the default property rule is no longer empty by default.
    • Changed: Macros: Words.AsSentence -> Words.AllAsSentence
    • Fixed: Various bugs related to customization features.

    For those who missed the release of beta 1 and still work with 1.2.1:

    1.3.0 Beta 1 compared to 1.2.1:

    • Added: New rules for using "inherited" documentation, including base class members and members of implemented interfaces. The inherited documentation will be cleaned from single <para> tags and the texts will be tweaked (e.g. when the summary for an interface method starts with "When implemented by a class....", and the summary is inherited by the method that is an implementation).
    • Added: GhostDoc updates existing documentation. Empty tags (<summary>, <returns>, <param>) will be filled according to the generation rules, existing text remains unchanged. The update reorders the parameter documentation if the order of the parameter changes, and removes documentation for parameters that no longer exist.
    • Added: User defined ("custom") rules using e.g. regular expressions for matching names and/or types.
    • Added: New rule for "On..." methods -- no more "Ons the click" ;-)
    • Added: Rule for static constructors.
    • Added: Rule for the Finalize method (destructor syntax in C#).
    • Added: Rule for event handler methods as they are created by the WinForms designer.
    • Added: Rule for boolean properties.
    • Added: Rules (both custom and built-in) can now be customized by editing templates that are used by the text generation rules.
    • Added: Export of partial configurations is now possible (e.g. for exporting only a single custom rule).
    • Changed: Summary text of the default constructor rule is now 'Initializes a new instance of the <see cref="ClassName" /> class.', i.e. uses the wording in the Microsoft documentation. The old "Creates a new <see cref="ClassName" /> instance" is debatable - is it the constructor that actually creates the instance, or is the constructor called when the instance is created? Thus the Microsoft wording is preferrable.
    • Changed: The configuration is now stored in the ApplicationData\Weigelt\GhostDoc directory. Old configurations in the installation directory (versions before 1.3.0) will be upgraded and stored in the new location.
    • Fixed: <returns> tag no longer disappears if the return type is an array.
    • Fixed: Overall handling of array types.


    • When is the final coming out?
      Before the PDC. 
    • What about VS2005 support?
      After the PDC.
  • "Show Off" at PDC 2005 ?

    Michael Swanson writes: “Show Off at PDC 2005”:

    We propose a PDC 2005 2-hour session called Show Off. The concept: "Why demo your cool application to a few friends, when you can Show Off to thousands of your peers at the PDC?" […] You and/or your team put together a single WMV file that shows off something cool about your application, tool, technique (or whatever). […] Videos are limited to 5 minutes. […] So, what do you think? Would you participate? We're trying to gauge interest before we spend a bunch of time on this.

    I think that’s a good idea. Hey, I’m actually thinking about making my own video (guess about what ;-), even though I’m not quite sure how speaking English in front of a camera works out for me – but I’d give it a try…