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The website I built is totally open source, hence every piece of my code should be documented and available for contributors. #Sphinx and #ReadTheDocs are the perfect match for this circumstances. It automates the process of generating the HTML pages with #Sphinx and #ReadTheDocs implement continuous deployment getting the last version of my #GitHub master branch. Once configured, the only work I have is making docstrings, the hard work is done entirely by these two fantastic tools.

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    GitHub integration
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    Free for public repos
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    Simple deployment
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What is Read the Docs?

It hosts documentation, making it fully searchable and easy to find. You can import your docs using any major version control system, including Mercurial, Git, Subversion, and Bazaar.

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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What are some alternatives to Read the Docs and Sphinx?
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.
Capture the knowledge that's too often lost in email inboxes and shared network drives in Confluence instead – where it's easy to find, use, and update.
It builds completely static HTML sites that you can host on GitHub pages, Amazon S3, or anywhere else you choose. There's a stack of good looking themes available. The built-in dev-server allows you to preview your documentation as you're writing it. It will even auto-reload and refresh your browser whenever you save your changes.
GitHub Pages
Public webpages hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live.
It is the only complete API development environment, used by nearly five million developers and more than 100,000 companies worldwide.
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