Document! X is a combination of an automated Visual Basic (VB.NET) documentation tool and a full documentation authoring environment which can be used to create accurate, professional quality documentation for assemblies created with VB.NET or any other .NET language (C#, F#, C++/CLI etc.).
Document! X is not just an automated VB.NET documentation build tool - it is also includes a fully featured documentation authoring environment allowing you to create supplementary content (descriptions and remarks for Namespaces, Classes, Interfaces, Enumerations, members, hyperlinks to related pages, example code, index keywords etc.) where required.
These sample outputs illustrate how much can be generated by Document! X right out of the box. All of the Document! X Templates are fully customizable and can be easily adapted or extended to meet your specific requirements.
Overview of a .NET class, including an automatically generated Object Relationship Diagram, Inheritance Hierarchy and Syntax in multiple .NET languages.
Page for a specific .NET constructor overload, including a link to the method summary page listing other overloads.
Overview of the COM class, including an automatically generated Object Relationship Diagram.
Page generated for an XSD Complex Type, including a type diagram, overview data tree and XSD Source Code.
Page generated for a Table, including Properties, Columns, Indexes, Relationships and SQL Source (where available). Also includes dependencies if documenting a Sql Server database.
Page generated for a GET Operation in a REST Web Service. Details the parameters, request/response data types and any fault responses.
Page generated for a SOAP Web Service method. Details the parameters, request/response data types and any fault responses.
Schema diagrams are automatically generated for web service operations that use XSD Types and XSD documentation pages.
Document! X makes Visual Basic XML comments easier to work with by including a Visual Comment Editor integrated with Visual Studio® 2010-2022.
The Visual Comment Editor allows you to work within a preview of the generated documentation page whilst still reading and writing the content to and from source in standard .NET XML comment format. If you prefer, you can continue to author Visual Basic XML source comments manually.
The Document! X Visual Studio Visual Comment Editor provides a unique fully Visual Editor for your VB.NET, C# or C++/CLI source code comments, integrated directly with the Visual Studio IDE. The Visual Comment Editor allows you to create and edit Xml comments in a WYSIWYG preview of the generated documentation.
Even though you can author your content in a fully WYSIWYG editor, comments created or edited with the Visual Comment Editor are written back to your source code in standard XML source comment format.
Document! X can document assemblies created with any Visual Studio language. The Visual Comment Editor supports C#, Visual Basic, C++/CLI and F# projects.
Build your documentation projects directly from Visual Studio. Integrate Document! X with your team build using the provided command line build .exe, msbuild task or Workflow activity.
Document! X will use any Visual Basic XML source comments where they are available - including all of the comment types that Microsoft define in the XML comment specification for Visual Basic and C#.
You can also author content outside of Visual Basic source code if you wish, or combine both approaches and have some content in Visual Basic source XML comments and some in Document! X Content Files.
This approach is quite common as it allows technical writers to contribute more extensive content or examples, or override content defined in source comments for editorial reasons, without stopping developers from documenting in the source.
The same great authoring environment, including dynamic spell check, hyperlink designer and designers for example code, permissions, exceptions, index keywords etc. are available both in the Visual Studio Integrated VB.NET Visual Comment Editor and in the Document! X Content File Editor.
Document! X automatically generates object relationship diagrams for your classes. Specific relationships can be ignored where necessary (e.g. a relationship back to a parent object). Collection objects are automatically recognized and appropriately represented.
Using Document! X as your Visual Basic documentation tool immediately delivers the following benefits: