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jsdoc vs Swagger UI: What are the differences?

Developers describe jsdoc as "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. On the other hand, Swagger UI is detailed as "dependency-free collection of HTML, Javascript, and CSS assets that dynamically generate beautiful documentation". Swagger UI is a dependency-free collection of HTML, Javascript, and CSS assets that dynamically generate beautiful documentation and sandbox from a Swagger-compliant API.

jsdoc and Swagger UI belong to "Documentation as a Service & Tools" category of the tech stack.

Rainist, Zalando, and Hootsuite are some of the popular companies that use Swagger UI, whereas jsdoc is used by commonality, Clovis, and MEGA Limited. Swagger UI has a broader approval, being mentioned in 205 company stacks & 107 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 Swagger UI?

Swagger UI is a dependency-free collection of HTML, Javascript, and CSS assets that dynamically generate beautiful documentation and sandbox from a Swagger-compliant API
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          What are some alternatives to jsdoc and Swagger UI?
          ESDoc
          It obtains a comment called doc comment from a source code. Then it generates a document from a tag in a doc comment
          Postman
          It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
          Apiary
          It takes more than a simple HTML page to thrill your API users. The right tools take weeks of development. Weeks that apiary.io saves.
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          It is a modern documentation platform where teams can document everything from products, to APIs and internal knowledge-bases. It is a place to think and track ideas for you & your team.
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          Noah Zoschke
          Noah Zoschke
          Engineering Manager at Segment · | 29 upvotes · 210.7K views
          atSegmentSegment
          Postman
          Postman
          Markdown
          Markdown
          ReadMe.io
          ReadMe.io
          Swagger UI
          Swagger UI
          #Documentation
          #Api
          #QA

          We just launched the Segment Config API (try it out for yourself here) — a set of public REST APIs that enable you to manage your Segment configuration. A public API is only as good as its #documentation. For the API reference doc we are using Postman.

          Postman is an “API development environment”. You download the desktop app, and build API requests by URL and payload. Over time you can build up a set of requests and organize them into a “Postman Collection”. You can generalize a collection with “collection variables”. This allows you to parameterize things like username, password and workspace_name so a user can fill their own values in before making an API call. This makes it possible to use Postman for one-off API tasks instead of writing code.

          Then you can add Markdown content to the entire collection, a folder of related methods, and/or every API method to explain how the APIs work. You can publish a collection and easily share it with a URL.

          This turns Postman from a personal #API utility to full-blown public interactive API documentation. The result is a great looking web page with all the API calls, docs and sample requests and responses in one place. Check out the results here.

          Postman’s powers don’t end here. You can automate Postman with “test scripts” and have it periodically run a collection scripts as “monitors”. We now have #QA around all the APIs in public docs to make sure they are always correct

          Along the way we tried other techniques for documenting APIs like ReadMe.io or Swagger UI. These required a lot of effort to customize.

          Writing and maintaining a Postman collection takes some work, but the resulting documentation site, interactivity and API testing tools are well worth it.

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          Tim Nolet
          Tim Nolet
          Founder, Engineer & Dishwasher at Checkly · | 7 upvotes · 62.8K views
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          JavaScript
          JavaScript
          Node.js
          Node.js
          hapi
          hapi
          Vue.js
          Vue.js
          Swagger UI
          Swagger UI
          Slate
          Slate

          JavaScript Node.js hapi Vue.js Swagger UI Slate

          Two weeks ago we released the public API for Checkly. We already had an API that was serving our frontend Vue.js app. We decided to create an new set of API endpoints and not reuse the already existing one. The blog post linked below details what parts we needed to refactor, what parts we added and how we handled generating API documentation. More specifically, the post dives into:

          • Refactoring the existing Hapi.js based API
          • API key based authentication
          • Refactoring models with Objection.js
          • Validating plan limits
          • Generating Swagger & Slate based documentation
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          p009922 uses Swagger UISwagger UI

          documentation tool for online docu on the REST-Services

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          dotmos uses Swagger UISwagger UI

          Document our REST API.

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          Minyoung Kim uses Swagger UISwagger UI

          REST API 도큐먼트 관리

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