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jsdoc vs Sphinx: What are the differences?

What is jsdoc? An API documentation generator for JavaScript. JSDoc 3 is an API documentation generator for JavaScript, similar to JavaDoc or PHPDoc. You add documentation comments directly to your source code, right along side the code itself. The JSDoc Tool will scan your source code, and generate a complete HTML documentation website for you.

What is Sphinx? Open source full text search server, designed from the ground up with performance, relevance (aka search quality), and integration simplicity in mind. Sphinx lets you either batch index and search data stored in an SQL database, NoSQL storage, or just files quickly and easily — or index and search data on the fly, working with Sphinx pretty much as with a database server. A variety of text processing features enable fine-tuning Sphinx for your particular application requirements, and a number of relevance functions ensures you can tweak search quality as well.

jsdoc belongs to "Documentation as a Service & Tools" category of the tech stack, while Sphinx can be primarily classified under "Search Engines".

Some of the features offered by jsdoc are:

  • Up and running easily

- Command line interface

On the other hand, Sphinx provides the following key features:

  • Output formats: HTML (including Windows HTML Help), LaTeX (for printable PDF versions), ePub, Texinfo, manual pages, plain text
  • Extensive cross-references: semantic markup and automatic links for functions, classes, citations, glossary terms and similar pieces of information
  • Hierarchical structure: easy definition of a document tree, with automatic links to siblings, parents and children

Webedia, Grooveshark, and Ansible are some of the popular companies that use Sphinx, whereas jsdoc is used by commonality, Clovis, and MEGA Limited. Sphinx has a broader approval, being mentioned in 38 company stacks & 14 developers stacks; compared to jsdoc, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 12 developer stacks.

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What is jsdoc?

JSDoc 3 is an API documentation generator for JavaScript, similar to JavaDoc or PHPDoc. You add documentation comments directly to your source code, right along side the code itself. The JSDoc Tool will scan your source code, and generate a complete HTML documentation website for you.

What is Sphinx?

It lets you either batch index and search data stored in an SQL database, NoSQL storage, or just files quickly and easily — or index and search data on the fly, working with it pretty much as with a database server.
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          Generate beautiful documentation from version controlled inputs

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