Java 9 - Improved JavaDocs


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Java documentation can be generated using javadoc tool. It currently generates documentation in html 4.0 format. In java 9, we can generate documentation in html 5 format by using -html5 option in command line arguments.

Old style java documentation

Consider the following code in C:/JAVA folder.

Tester.java

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/**
  * @author MahKumar
  * @version 0.1
*/
public class Tester {
   /**
      * Default method to be run to print 
      * <p>Hello world</p>
      * @param args command line arguments
   */
   public static void main(String []args) {
      System.out.println("Hello World");
   }
}

Now run the javadoc tool of jdk 7 to generate documentation.

C:\JAVA>javadoc -d C:/JAVA Tester.java
Loading source file tester.java...
Constructing Javadoc information...
Standard Doclet version 1.7.0_21
Building tree for all the packages and classes...
Generating C:\JAVA\Tester.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\package-frame.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\package-summary.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\package-tree.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\constant-values.html...
Building index for all the packages and classes...
Generating C:\JAVA\overview-tree.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\index-all.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\deprecated-list.html...
Building index for all classes...
Generating C:\JAVA\allclasses-frame.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\allclasses-noframe.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\index.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\help-doc.html...

It will create the java documentation page in C:/JAVA directory and you will see the following output.

javadoc output

New java documentation with Search and HTML5 support

Run the javadoc tool of jdk 9 with -html5 flag to generate new type of documentation.

C:\JAVA> javadoc -d C:/JAVA -html5 Tester.java
Loading source file Tester.java...
Constructing Javadoc information...
Standard Doclet version 9.0.1
Building tree for all the packages and classes...
Generating C:\JAVA\Tester.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\package-frame.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\package-summary.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\package-tree.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\constant-values.html...
Building index for all the packages and classes...
Generating C:\JAVA\overview-tree.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\index-all.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\deprecated-list.html...
Building index for all classes...
Generating C:\JAVA\allclasses-frame.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\allclasses-frame.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\allclasses-noframe.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\allclasses-noframe.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\index.html...
Generating C:\JAVA\help-doc.html...

It will create the updated java documentation page in D:/test directory and you will see the following output.

javadoc output in java 9

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