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From Alex Harui <>
Subject Re: Proposition :: ASDoc and compiler adjustments
Date Thu, 05 Jan 2012 06:27:39 GMT
I poked around the Apache projects and found this:

If you pick the class AegisDataBinding, you will see it inherits from
java.lang.object which is not in the package list but the links point to the
main javadoc at oracle.  And there is a list of methods inherited from
java.lang.Object that point back to the javadoc at oracle.

I think we might have to end up with something like that.


On 1/4/12 5:46 PM, "Jeffry Houser" <> wrote:

>   At some point, most every Flex Component inherits from a Flash
> component.  In my own development, I Find it hugely beneficial to be
> able to look at all the inherited methods and properties.   I often find
> properties and methods up in the hierarchy that I didn't know existed
> just by reading the docs trying to figure stuff out.  I doubt I'm the
> only one.
>   So, if at all possible, I vote that we should include those relevant
> docs.  I have no idea how Adobe generates them; but I had assumed it was
> from the source.
> On 1/4/2012 6:18 PM, Alex Harui wrote:
>> Good question.  We will have to first figure out whether we can/should.  I
>> would imagine that there is JavaDoc for Java-based projects in Apache that
>> inherit from Java classes and the JavaDoc does not include packages not in
>> Apache project.  Maybe the mentors can answer.
>> We might have to make it such that when you click the link for Sprite you
>> end up in the Adobe doc for flash.display.Sprite.
>> I believe the ASDoc tool doesn't handle that now so it might require an
>> update.
>> If we decide we have to have the flash.*.* packages in our ASDoc, I will see
>> what we can do to contribute those files, but keep in mind they are under
>> active development so it might be better if we learn to live without them.
>> -Alex
>> On 1/4/12 3:07 PM, "Jeffry Houser"<>  wrote:
>>>    I'm curious if we'll be able to generate the full ASDocs, like what
>>> are on the Adobe site without the source code for the Flash stuff.  We
>>> can only go so far up the inheritance tree.
>>> On 1/4/2012 5:40 PM, Michael Schmalle wrote:
>>>> I do not have a lot of experience with the actual compiler and asdoc
>>>> tool but that has not stopped me from having fun with parsers and AST. :)
>>>> I am wondering if there is any interest in creating some apis in the
>>>> compiler that jive with the asdoc tool(modifying the asdoc tool). I'm
>>>> going to be looking into the source code of this tomorrow so I will
>>>> have a clear understanding of what the work would be.
>>>> My idea is this; If we could allow public api in both tools that
>>>> expose themselves through java it would allow 3rd party developers and
>>>> applications that could be made to enhance the documentation process
>>>> through formatters and asdoc editor applications.
>>>> This a highlevel idea but I have already written such an application
>>>> using the jasblocks and asblocks AST framework, that are used to
>>>> create a user interface into creating asdoc comments and such through
>>>> visual editing of descriptions and tags.
>>>> No more typing  /** ... */ is what I mean, the editor using the AST
>>>> reinserts the comment using tokens.
>>>> I have found taking the actual documentation process out of the IDE's
>>>> code view allows for better documentation and actual revelation that
>>>> creating great docs can be fun.

Alex Harui
Flex SDK Team
Adobe Systems, Inc.

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