Facebook seeks to improve reference docs with auto updates from source code

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By Brittany Darwell Comment

Facebook’s reference documentation for developers will be automatically generated from the platform’s source code, the company announced Thursday.

This change will help make the documentation more accurate since it doesn’t require Facebook to manually update the docs every time it tweaks code. For a company that makes changes as frequently as Facebook does, this makes a big difference. Having out-of-date or incomplete documentation is frustrating for developers. This change could improve their experience building on the platform and lead to more stability for the users and customers of products that integrate Facebook.

As of today, the FQLAndroid SDK and iOS SDK reference docs are in the new format. The company says it is working to convert the documentation for the Graph API and other aspects of its platform.

Facebook also said it has changed the developer site’s navigation structure with the goal of making it more intuitive and easier to browse.