7. DocumentationΒΆ

A very important aspect of plugins is documenation, saying what the plugin does and how it works. The convention we use here is shown below. This formatted using the restructured text convention, so that it can be converted to HTML easily. Note how the table boundaries all line up.

This should be the very first lines in your file, after #!/usr/bin/env python and any licensing details.

As an example of this in action, and how useful it is, see Import from CSV files which was created from this approach.

 A Hydra plug-in for exporting a hydra network to a JSON file.


The plug-in for exporting a network to a JSON file.
Basic usage::

       ExportJSON.py [-h] [-n network_id] [-s scenario_id] [-d target_dir] [-x]


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Option                 Short  Parameter    Description
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``--help``             ``-h``              Show help message and exit.
``--network-id         ``-n`` NETWORK_ID   The ID of the network to be exported.
``--scenario-id        ``-s`` SCENARIO_ID  The ID of the scenario to be exported.
``--target-dir``       ``-d`` TARGET_DIR   Target directory
``--server-url``       ``-u`` SERVER-URL   Url of the server the plugin will
                                           connect to.
                                           Defaults to localhost.
``--session-id``       ``-c`` SESSION-ID   Session ID used by the calling software.
                                           If left empty, the plugin will attempt
                                           to log in itself.
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