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Atomineer Pro Documentation Development Summary

This extension began development in 1996 (for Visual C++ 4.0), and has been evolving and improving through constant use by software professionals ever since. More recent developments are listed below...

May 2015

  • Improvements to the support for Typescript & JavaScript
  • Rewrote the user manual into a PDF format, integrating the tutorials and other information to form a single document

March 2015

  • Apologies for skipping the February release. This was due to the work we had to put in to support new tax laws in January, and the considerable work and testing needed to bring Atomineer to Visual Studio 2015.
  • Major Upgrade: This is the first release of the Atomineer Beta for Visual Studio 2015 (compatible with CTP 5 and 6). In order to support 2015 the Atomineer Add-in has been rewritten as an Extension, which also affects the installation process. The existing installer is used as normal for versions of Visual Studio up to and including VS 2013, but for VS 2015 (onwards) there is now a separate installer which uses Microsoft's standard 'VSIX' Extension installer system. To install this into VS 2015 please double-click the 'Atomineer Pro Documentation.vsix' file in your downloaded .zip file. An updated User Guide covering this new version in more detail will appear on our website soon.
  • Performance and accuracy improvements in the parser's code-type recognition system.
  • Improvements to the Visual Basic sub/function/property declaration parsers.
  • Small improvements to prefix stripping algorithm.
  • Fixed a problem in live typing aids where tabs were sometimes interpreted as newline characters.
  • Improved C++ handling of 'extern' scopes, which were interfering with the operation of comment creation when typing '///'

January 2015

  • Improvements to parsing and handling of C++ templates.
  • Fixed a small regression that affected the parsing of C++ function-call operators.
  • Improvements in the operation of Align Into Columns when used at the start of lines.
  • Single-line doc comments are now word-wrapped if you update them.
  • The 'Convert Entities' preference is now saved in language-specific pref sets.
  • Our conversion from an Addin to an Extension (to support Visual Studio 2015) has been completed, and is now undergoing testing.
  • Some changes to our website and pricing necessitated by changes to European tax law.

December 2014

  • Tested with Visual Studio 2013 Community. No compatibility problems were found.
  • Live typing aids are now available in Typescript, JavaScript and JScript files.
  • New live typing aid: Atomineer can now optionally override tab and shift-tab to navigate the cursor quickly to the next/previous documentation entry within a doc comment. See the 'Other Features' tab of the preferences (Live Typing Aids section) if you wish to try this new option.
  • Improved updating of end-of-line doc comments
  • Improved conversion from end-of-line comments to regular doc comments
  • Improved handling of type="" attributes for optional parameters.
  • Added support for the optional (header reference) elements in doxygen '\class' entries. There is a new preference (on the 'Doc General' tab) to enable this additional information.
  • Added rules for WPF dependency properties.
  • Many small improvements to the Atomineer website, including support for high DPI displays.

November 2014

  • Improved the generation of operator descriptions for explicit operators.
  • Improved handling of [in,out] tags on parameter descriptions, and added processing variables to allow the output to be controlled more easily.
  • Fixed a small issue in the preferences which stopped settings from the Quick-Set wizard being picked up when returning to the prefs dialog.
  • A small tweak to improve the handling of global-scoped parameter types in C++.
  • Improved switching between different preference sets for diffferent projects and solutions.
  • Description attributes are now picked up from interfaces.
  • Fixed a case where class comments could be auto-punctuated with a double full-stop.
  • VB: Improved comment updating when a doc comment joins directly onto a single-line comment.
  • We've also tested against VS 2013.4 and have been working on support for Visual Studio 2015, which necessitates conversion of Atomineer from an Addin to an Extension.

October 2014

  • Improved the generated descriptions for enums and bitfields, and added an <Enums> rules section. As for other types, the preferences 'Doc Advanced' section now also includes a button to allow you to easily edit the enum rules.
  • When documenting within an enum, the %containingClass% variable will now contain the enum name, if it is available from intellisense. (In this context 'containingClass' is not a terribly accurate name any more, but has been retained for backwards compatibility)
  • Added the %namespace% variable.
  • Attributes applied to Classes and Structs are now available for use in rules, in the same way as they already were for Methods.
  • Classes and Structs tagged with [Description] attributes will now use the description text as the summary for generated comments.
  • Methods, Properties, Classes and Structs tagged with [GeneratedCode] attributes are no longer documented by Atomineer.
  • Typing '///' within an enum scope now adds doc comments to enum-members.
  • Improved handling of covariant/contravariant generic type parameters.
  • Fixed a parsing issue on enum entries which could result in the wrong style of comment being inserted.
  • Fixed a minor problem in end-of-line comment insertion which could occasionally cause it to incorrectly truncate the line of code.
  • Fixed location of the inserted namespace comment when cursor was immediately inside the namespace's opening brace.
  • Improved documentation of casting operators.
  • Logic for DocXml <remarks> was interfering with Doxygen processing of @remarks. This has been corrected.
  • Improved documentation output for PHP methods.
  • Auto-conversion of < and > into XML entities (&lt;, &gt;) now supports embedded XML comments and CDATA sections.
  • Atomineer Spelling: Improved performance on extremely long words. Fixed an error reported when deleting all text from a file. Additions to the coding jargon dictionary.

September 2014

  • Preferences now uses friendly dedicated editors for user variable, non-splittable word and replacement word lists.
  • Added support for Visual Basic 'properties with parameters'. Additional params are now added as <param> entries. (if a parameter is named 'value', it is ignored as this special parameter is already documented by the <value> entry)
  • Improvements to parsing of VB code (special cases added to handle more syntax variations).
  • Updated the installer and preferences windows, which could appear blurry on high DPI monitors in Windows 8.1.
  • Added support for using /*...*/ delimiters on single-line doc-comments.
  • Fixed an issue in the preferences where switching between Language preference sets could lose some Doxygen (JavaDoc) settings.
  • Improved handling of method access levels (public members of an internal class are now considered internal)
  • A number of improvements to exception parsing and class rules.
  • NotImplementedExceptions are no longer documented.
  • Added a preference to force Atomineer to always preserve all exception documentation. This is not currently supported in the Options dialog, but can be added to the Prefs.xml manually if needed.
  • Param 'type' attribute now support generic/template types.
  • Improvements to duplication of base-class or overload documentation.

August 2014

  • Added 'Non-Splittable terms' to the rules. This informs Atomineer of special terms like 'IPv4' and 'PowerPoint', which Atomineer's generalised heuristics would normally break into several words, so that the correct formatting and capitalisation is retained for these special terms. A new button has been added to the Atomineer Options ('Doc Advanced' Tab) to allow custom terms to be added. Please let us know if you discover any common terms that ought to be added to the default dictionary, and we'll add them to the master Rules.
  • Upgraded 'Doc all in Chosen Files' to be capable of deleting doc comments from processed files, allowing entire solutions to be processed in batch mode.
  • Improved reporting of skipped source files in 'Doc all in Chosen Files' in cases where intellisense is unavailable for a file (this is usually because the file has not been successfully compiled).
  • Fixed a special-case failure in the Delete Doc Comments command when using an embedded 'end of comment' sequence */ in the separator of a doc comment, e.g. a top separator of the form /****//**. Atomineer would see this as the end of the comment, and incorrectly leave the second 'part' of the doc comment undeleted.
  • Fixed a refactoring glitch that caused 'tparam' and 'typeparam' entry tags to be emitted incorrectly (tparam incorrectly appearing in DocXml, and typeparam in doxygen)
  • Fixed an issue that caused 'type' attributes to be added to param entries for languages other than TypeScript/JavaScript under some circumstances. Although this is now disabled by default, if you wish to have type attributes for your param entries, there is now a preference to enable this behaviour.

July 2014

  • Improvements to the TypeScript and JavaScript language syntax support.
  • TypeScript, JavaScript, and JScript code: Added initial support for JSDoc and JSDuck documentation syntax, in particular for parameter and returns markup. Atomineer now supports {types}, [optional] and [optional=default] syntaxes in these entries. In addition, if types are specified in Typescript code, Atomineer now incorporates them into generated documentation.
  • Added a 'parent class type' variable that indicates if a parent structure is a class, struct or interface during rules processing.
  • Small improvements to stylecop support and rules.

June 2014

  • Added initial support for TypeScript, JavaScript, JScript and PHP. We've tried to test against a wide range of scripts, but please let us know if you find any syntax variations that our parser struggles with. We'll be working on additional documentation entries/attributes to further support documenting these languages in upcoming releases.
  • Atomineer Spelling: Performance improvements for check-as-you-type functionality (particularly when undoing/redoing typing), and some dictionary improvements.
  • Added support for Atmel .ino files (which are now treated as C++).
  • Improved <Set> Rules commands. These used to only be able to set 'desc', but now can set any variable (other than continue or abortComment) to a new value. Usually this is combined with 'continue', e.g. <Set isOptional="y" continue="y"/> to alter the flow of or output from following rules.
  • Parameter In/Out and Optional description generation can now be disabled in the default rules by setting the variable suppressInOut="y" in your custom parameter rules.
  • Fixed a regression (caching bug) that meant new custom entries added to the rules were not fully picked up until the next restart.
  • Improved handling when a group of several custom elements of the same type are used in a comment.
  • Improved support for end-of-line comments in VB.
  • Fixed an errant event handler in the preferences that stopped the Doc Formatting tab updating correctly when switching between different language preference-sets.
  • Small improvement to parsing of attribute content.

May 2014

  • Added support for C# generic covariance and contravariance. The <TypeParameters> rules can now use the variables %isIn% and %isOut% to produce more meaningful documentation if desired.
  • Rules for Classes can now use the variables %isStatic%, %isPartial%, %isSealed%, %isAbstract%, %isGeneric%, and %isTemplate%, which are set to 'y' or 'n' as appropriate)
  • Rewrote a portion of the Visual Basic parser to fix some parsing glitches and add support for a few additional keywords. Improved documentation generation for VB event handlers.
  • Some small improvements to C/C++/C#/Java parsing
  • 'Doc All in Project/Solution' commands will now process C++ files with .cc and .cxx filename extensions.
  • The Preferences dialog will now warn if it is unable to expand environment variables on the Prefs Storage Search Path.

April 2014

  • Atomineer now includes the new Atomineer Spelling extension (Beta) for Visual Studio 2010, 2012, and 2013. This provides spell checking as you type in comments. Follow the link above for more information on installation and usage.
  • Auto-punctuation now detects and cleans up accidental double periods ('..') at the end of a comment.
  • Improvements to conversion of legacy JavaDoc comments.
  • Improvements to StyleCop compatibility mode (Atomineer now ensures a blank line prior to single-line and enum-entry comments; A <content> entry is now used on partial class declarations that don't match their filename - this ensures that all partial class parts except for the main one have an XML doc comment to satisfy StyleCop, but do not contribute chaff to the generated documentation. The main part of the partial class is documented as normal).
  • Improved the undo experience after insertion of comments when typing /// or '''.
  • Fixed a regression that stopped Interface documentation being correctly duplicated.
  • Fixed a glitch in generation of seealso entries for methods with optional parameters.
  • Added 'see' as an accepted alias for 'sa' in Doxygen comments.
  • Fixed duplicated interface name in seealso when generated from an explicitly implemented interface member.
  • Fixed a few rules that used an incorrect matching pattern and thus produced unexpected descriptions.
  • Stopped '\commands' being split across two lines in doxygen comments if the \ happened to occur on the last usable character column in the first line during word wrapping.
  • Fixed a poorly reported error when attempting to update a file header comment during debugging.

March 2014

  • Inheritdoc support. Updating doc comments containing 'inheritdoc' entries now disables duplication of documentation from base classes and auto-generation of new doc entries, so that the inheritance is correctly preserved.
  • Added an option to the 'restrict documentation by access level' feature. Previously, comments that were not allowed under this restriction were automatically deleted. This option can now be disabled (via the check-box at the bottom of the Doc General tab of the Options), in which case Atomineer will simply ignore any existing comment on restricted code elements.
  • Fixed an issue in 'Document All in This Solution' where sub-projects were sometimes skipped during processing. Some improvements to Output window reporting during processing.
  • Fixed a broken help link in the preferences dialog.
  • Fixed a case where %containingclass% could lose generic suffixes from the classname.
  • Fixed a parsing glitch in seealso generation for generics, which could add junk entries for the 'where' clauses in cases where intellisense data was unavailable.
  • The documentation rules no longer generate '[in,out]' or '(optional)' in StyleCop compatibility mode.
  • Tested and updated for compatibility with Atmel Studio 6.2.

February 2014

  • The Atomineer rules now support user-configurable text for 'true', 'false', 'null' and 'nullptr'. To configure different text from the default (true, false, null, nullptr), go to the Atomineer options, Doc Advanced tab, and click the 'User %variables%' button. Edit the variables for true/false/null/nullptr - e.g. to output 'true' as "<c>true</c>" use "&lt;c"gt;true"lt;/c"gt;"
  • Exceptions thrown within properties are now documented.
  • Resolved a rare installation situation where VS would not pick up the addin after installation.
  • Fixed a tiny bug in conversion of // comments into summary documentation, which could cause parts of URLs to be 'lost' during the conversion.
  • Fixed a failure caused by a regression in parsing a C# code element when preceded by an attribute on a single line
  • Fixed incorrect use of tabs rather than spaces (when configured in Visual Studio editor settings) in C++ accessor generation and end-of-line comments.
  • Fixed a case with single-line enum value comments in DocXml format when using a multiline C++ comment style, where the documentation entry was emitted without comment /* ... */ delimiters.
  • Fixed a glitch that could occur in handling of parameters after some forms of regex pre-processing.
  • We suffered a catastrophic hardware failue this month and it took a lot of time to resurrect our systems from our backups and then test our new builds to be sure that everything still works. We were hoping to deliver a major new feature for this release, but this has unfortunately had to be deferred for a bit... watch this space!

January 2014

  • Happy New Year! We wish you all the best for a great 2014!
  • Added Attribute auto-doc support. For each attribute applied to the code element being documented, Atomineer now creates an 'attr-???' variable for use in the Rules, containing the parameter-list for the attribute (e.g. [Conditional("DEBUG")] will generate a variable 'attr-conditional' with the value 'DEBUG'). To support this in Rules, you can now use tests of the form <If defined="attr-name"...> to test if a variable is defined. This is used by new rules to extract data from attributes and include it in the generated documentation text. For example, if the conditional attribute above is assigned, Atomineer will now prefix the summary documentation with '(Only available in DEBUG builds)'
  • General improvements to conversion of double-slash comments into doc summaries. In addition, double-slash comments are no longer converted into summaries if they appear to be commented-out code.
  • Popup reports will no longer be split across screens on mulit-monitor systems.

Older versions

Details of versions from 2009 to this date are archived here

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