MireDot vs Slate: What are the differences?
What is MireDot? Generate your Java REST API Documentation in 5 Minutes. Generate REST documentation directly from your Java source code. This ensures always up-to-date and accurate documentation with minimal effort.
What is Slate? Beautiful static documentation for your API, inspired by Stripe's and Paypal's API docs. Slate helps you create beautiful API documentation. Think of it as an intelligent, responsive documentation template for your API.
MireDot and Slate can be primarily classified as "Documentation as a Service &" tools.
Some of the features offered by MireDot are:
- Beautiful, Searchable Documentation
- Always Up-to-date Documentation
On the other hand, Slate provides the following key features:
- Clean, intuitive design — with Slate, the description of your API is on the left side of your documentation, and all the code examples are on the right side. Inspired by Stripe's and Paypal's API docs. Slate is responsive, so it looks great on tablets, phones, and even print.
- Everything on a single page — gone are the days where your users had to search through a million pages to find what they wanted. Slate puts the entire documentation on a single page. We haven't sacrificed linkability, though. As you scroll, your browser's hash will update to the nearest header, so linking to a particular point in the documentation is still natural and easy.
- Slate is just Markdown — when you write docs with Slate, you're just writing Markdown, which makes it simple to edit and understand. Everything is written in Markdown — even the code samples are just Markdown code blocks!
"Free version" is the primary reason why developers consider MireDot over the competitors, whereas "Easy setup" was stated as the key factor in picking Slate.
Slate is an open source tool with 27.4K GitHub stars and 17K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Slate's open source repository on GitHub.
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