Next steps

Now that we have created the initial build of the documentation we can refresh them at any time by running generate_reference again.

If you look at the documentation for GeneratorEntity you will see that its title is This is because there is no class_name allocated to this class so it defaults to the gdscript file name. Also, the file is not very well commented. We can fix this easily in a few simple steps.

Open up DesignPatterns in Godot and amend the file as follows:

# This is used iniate the animation and control the anination speed
# On startup it sets the Power Source efficiency to 1.0

class_name GeneratorEntity

extends Node2D

# The link to the animation - set after the animation is ready.
onready var animation_player := $AnimationPlayer

func _ready() -> void:"Work")
    $PowerSource.efficiency = 1.0

# Respond to power draw by setting the animation speed to a percentage of
# the power taken vs amount of power it's able to output
func _on_PowerSource_power_drawn(power: float, _delta: float) -> void:
    var proportion: float = power / $PowerSource.power_amount
    animation_player.playback_speed = proportion

We can now regenerate the documentation by running the same command that built the documentation initially. However, unless we are changing the version number there is no need set the version number or regenerate the index file. Also, there is probably no need to view all the logging information as well so the command becomes

(.venv) [DesignPatternsDoc]$ ./generate_reference ../DesignPatterns -o APIs

Further refinements

The software is designed to aid in the creation of larger projects where the source tree is not flat. You can select the starting folder and document only those items in that folder and it's children.

For example if you have a project structure like

├── characters
│   ├──
│   ├──
│   ├──
│   ├──
│   └──
├── weapons
│   ├──
│   ├──
│   ├──
│   └──
└── item

Running the three following commands:

(.venv) [DesignPatternsDoc]$ ./generate_reference ../game/characters -o APIs/Characters
(.venv) [DesignPatternsDoc]$ ./generate_reference ../game/weapons -o APIs/Weapons
(.venv) [DesignPatternsDoc]$ ./generate_reference ../game/item -o APIs/Items

Which would give an output like

├── Characters
│   ├── elf.rst
│   ├── human.rst
│   ├── dwarf.rst
│   ├── orc.rst
│   └── troll.rst
├── Weapons
│   ├── sword.rst
│   ├── axe.rst
│   ├── spear.rst
│   └── club.rst
└── Items
    ├── poison.rst
    ├── gold.rst
    ├── potion.rst
    └── amulet.rst

Even finer grain selection of items and documentation folder composition can be achieved if you resort to the manual method of generating the documentation.

I leave it to the reader to explore this option as it probably will require extensive manual control of the resultant project documentation.