GhostDoc

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GhostDoc is a Visual Studio extension that automatically generates XML documentation comments for methods and properties based on their type, parameters, name, and other contextual information.

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6/30/2014
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by WeSam Abdallah | August 19 2014

I used to like ghost doc, it was a great tool to generate smart comments. I even recommended that all developers use it.
Up untill I found out recently that their plugin has been the cause of most of my VS hangs, freeze. I am not sure what they are doing, but after exhasting R&D on what causes VS freezes, I realized that simply uninstalling their plugin resolved all my problems. tried different version, different computers, same observation.

My observation is for their 4.8 - 4.9 versions. I've wasted so much time because of it that I will never ever trust any of the "Code.It.Right" plugins again.

Recommendation for Code.It.Right, your #1 priority in your code should be to "To not freeze VS!"

by chriga | May 22 2014

Nice tool.

by Shreeharsh Ambli | April 17 2014

as easy as CTRL + SHIFT + D - really nice!

by Jeroen De Meyer | March 27 2014

by Brandon H_ | September 20 2013

by Alex Pearlstein | August 27 2013

How can you not love this tool!

by Dmitry Pavlov | July 06 2013

The best commenting tool for Visual Studio I have ever used. It is a very stable extension, wich really simplify your life while you commenting your code. This tool saves a huge amount of your time by adding all needed XML comments markup to your code. I strongly recommend it for daily development.

by Ali.Alikhani | June 29 2013

by John Whiting | May 18 2013

I use VB and GhostDoc's most important feature to me is the integration with intellisense. You need to spend A LITTLE time documenting the Sub or Function (about a couple of minutes) but then when you start to use that Sub or Function in your code, all the information on what the parameters are and what the function does and what the return values are all appear just as they do for a standard VS function. This saves a lot of time as previously I would have to go back to the code of the Sub/Function to make sure I was getting the parameters correct.

I am sure there is more but this alone improves my productivity very significantly.

by Hollaamic | March 25 2013

Pretty cool add-in, but I wish it had some multi-languages possibilities ! Even if I have to write the translation by myself, I'm willing to help ;)

sergeb March 25 2013
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Thank you! You can translate the Pro version T4 templates to the language of your preference but not the Free version. The latter is using templates that are not as open and flexible as the T4 in Pro.

by Alex Blokha | January 11 2013

Just a note.
Earlier it was free for commercial use.
Now it is free for non-commercial use only.
And no nofification about license change was sent.
We've uninstalled it, untill full investigation of new license.

sergeb January 30 2013
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That is not quite true actually. The Free version has always been automatically licensed to individuals downloaded it but not the company they work for.

The same is still true now. Again, the Free product is licensed to the individuals who download it but not the company their work for. Which means they can use it at work but when it comes to support - the individual is eligible for support not the company. Also means that if multiple developers use GhostDoc Free within the team, each must download their own copy. I hope this makes sense.

by Caio Vilas Boas | December 07 2012

Is it possible to extend the Pro version trial period?

sergeb December 10 2012
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Yes, absolutely! When your trial expires, there is "Extend Evaluation" link on the About screen. Alternatively you can email support at submain.com to request extension - include your name and product version number.

by Binori | October 17 2012

Keep it Free! thx!

sergeb October 18 2012
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There is a free version and it's not going anywhere. The reason we created the Pro version is so we could keep the base version free. :)

by Tamas Flamich | September 29 2012

Very useful tool. Unfortunately it lacks the ability to inherit documentation from members of *generic* interfaces and sub classes at the moment, so the tool did not satisfy my needs completely. (Yes, this is a feature request :))

sergeb October 31 2012
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Hi Tamas,

It actually already has this feature and should inherit docs from members of generic interfaces.

If you are still having this issue, please contact us at customer-service at submain.com

Thanks!

by DieterDHoker | June 14 2012

saves some time when writing xml documents in your code.

by juliomutley | May 22 2012

by Dragan Radovac | May 05 2012

by k-reyn | March 08 2012

The lack of support for exceptions is a huge negative. This tool doesn't even have the most basic support for documenting exceptions that are explicitly thrown from a method.

sergeb September 30 2012
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GhostDoc v4 Alpha released to the Insiders group already includes support for exceptions and much more. A public Beta is coming March 23rd.

Update: GhostDoc v4 has been released now and has full support for exceptions.

by Steef-Jan Wiggers | November 03 2011

by Abi Bellamkonda | October 13 2011

Good old Ghost Doc has been my friend for long time.

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  • Failed to install either regular or pro version
    3 Posts | Last post May 25, 2014
    • Fails to install.
      Included a picture of the error message.
      
      http://s27.postimg.org/6of2myooj/Ghost_Doc.jpg
    • Well after updating Visual Studio I managed to install it...So Ignore this discussion.
    • Thank you for the update! If you experience any more issues please feel free to post at http://community.submain.com for a prompt help.
  • VS2013 Compatibility
    3 Posts | Last post August 09, 2013
    • Hello. When you are planning to add vs2013 compatibility. Even so it is vs2013 Preview, but we are already using it as a main dev tools. Thanks.
    • Just realized that vs2013 support is already in package on SubMain website. Please update PPORTS to illuminate confusion.
    • Yes, it's been VS2013 compatible SV2013 Preview and we just missed to update VS Gallery profile. It is all fixed now. Thank you for bringing our attention!
  • Trial?
    2 Posts | Last post April 19, 2013
    • Strange fragment of license: (license is talking about license?)
      
      TRIAL LICENSE
      If the SOFTWARE PRODUCT has been provided to you under a time-limited trial license for evaluation or other purposes, your right to use the SOFTWARE PRODUCT ends after the time period specified in the trial. 
      
      Is it Trial?
      
      Your license looks like this code:
      
      string License()
      {
          if(License()=="Trial")
              return "Trial";
          return "Free";
      }
      
      StackOverflowException :)
      
    • Hi Daniel,
      
      I understand your confusion by the fact that we use the same EULA for both Free and Pro versions of GhostDoc. In fact, all of our product EULAs are pretty much the same with minor exceptions.
      
      The "If the SOFTWARE PRODUCT has been provided to you under a time-limited trial license for evaluation" part is distinguishing between the Pro (which is downloaded on the Trial basis until one purchases a license) and Free (which is free as in beer) and as such returns "false" under the If condition in the sentence above.
      
      I hope this helps:
      
      if (GhostDoc("Free") == "Trial")
           return "False";
      
      
  • Personal License on Multiple Machines
    2 Posts | Last post January 30, 2013
    • If I purchase a personal license for the pro version, can I install it on multiple machines if I am the only person using it?  In this case one would be on my workstation, and the other on my home rig.
    • Sorry about the delay getting back to you - email notification from VS Gallery got caught by Junk mail filters.
      
      Per GhostDoc EULA - http://submain.com/ghostdoc/EULA.aspx - you can use your license on up to 3 computers if you are the only person using it.
      
      Thanks!
  • Crash on startup
    2 Posts | Last post December 18, 2012
    • I have been using GhostDoc for a while on VS2012, but recently it is crashing the IDE when I load a solution. Any idea what is wrong?
    • Hi Vincent,
      
      Please make sure you are using the latest build of GhostDoc. If it is still crashing, please email log files to us at support at submain.com. If you have more questions, please email at the same address above.
      
      Thanks!
  • Couldnot use in VS2012
    4 Posts | Last post December 02, 2012
    • I installed GhostDoc on my Windows 8 machine but, I can not use it in VS2012.
      Is there anything I should do after installing GhostDoc ? 
    • In addition to above it is working on my Windows 7 machine with VS2010.
    • Please email us log file to support at submain.com and we will troubleshoot this and make it work for you in VS2012. Thanks!
    • When you get a chance please send us that log file. GhostDoc works in VS2012 fine, there could be some permissions issues in your particular Win8 setup which we'd need to see the log file to confirm and troubleshoot. Thanks!
  • GhostDoc dont display in my VS2012 menus.
    5 Posts | Last post November 01, 2012
    • After installing ghostdoc, I couldn't get the normal menu items to show or even the keyboard short-cuts for ghost-doc. After a lot of testing I found that if I am logged in as my admin user, then I can see the menu items, but as a normal user then I don't? This is a problem since I don't want to be logged in as administrator every-time I do some programming. Any tricks I can use to get it to work for all my users on my computer? I tried copying some config file between user profiles but did not have time to play with all the permutations.
    • O, sorry I forgot to mention that this is for VS2012 running on Win7 Ultimate.
    • I see there is a pro version, not sure why anyone would want to pay for a product that don't show up in the menu items unless you're logged in as administrator. 
      
      I'd recommend that you spend time and money on a different product since the support is almost as good as the product itself. (Does not appear to be anywhere)
    • Hello,
      
      GhostDoc runs under the same user you installed it. 
      
      If you need help or have questions, we will be happy to assist you though our support channels - forum on our site or customer-service at submain.com email address.
      
      Thanks!
    • I was hoping that it was a simple case of a bad installer that only allow a tool to work on the installed user, however one of the first thing I did when I found this problem was to give my user admin rights, re-installed it and it still did not work. 
      
      I am sorry I had to post here, but just like the tool itself, your website was down. I am sure you will find that at the time I posted the first question here (around Sun 9:11 pm) your web admin logs should inform you that your web site with all its forums and help was down. 
      
      Not sure if it will be worth the time to re-post your tool's bugs here since you have read read this, not sure if this will help though.
  • VS 2012
    2 Posts | Last post August 25, 2012
    • Are there any plans on the horizon for 2012?
    • Hi Nick,
      
      v4 Beta comes with VS2012 support. Please see http://submain.com/blog/GhostDocV4Beta2IsAvailable.aspx for details.
      
      Thanks!
      
  • Multi Language
    2 Posts | Last post June 11, 2012
    • I wish it to have multi-language support such as Turkish :)
    • Sorry, no Turkish... GhostDoc engine is based on the English grammar rules and that won't work with most other languages very well...
  • VS 2010 SP1 and GhostDoc
    3 Posts | Last post January 24, 2012
    • Has anybody tried VS 2010 SP1 with GhostDoc and does it work fine? I have heard some issues from some users and curious to know if it works fine?
    • I've had VS 2010 SP1 intermittently hang when I press Ctrl-Shift-D. The problems started as soon as I installed SP1.
    • The latest version (v3.x) works fine with VS2010 SP1. But make sure you download the latest from SubMain site.
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