Tools, IDEs and the Ballerina Composer
Ballerina provides several tools to help you create, document, and test your code. These tools can be various editors, IDEs, and a graphical visualization tool for your code called the Ballerina Composer.
These tools include the following.
- IDE plug-ins
- Swagger to Ballerina code generator
- API documentation generator
- Test framework
- Flexible composer
You can use plug-ins to write Ballerina code in your favorite IDE. There are several plug-ins available in Github. Click one of the following links to learn how to use that IDE's plug-in.
Swagger to Ballerina code generator
You can use existing Swagger files to generate connectors and services in Ballerina code. For details, see the Swagger to Ballerina Code Generator.
API documentation generator
As you develop new connectors, actions, and functions that you want to share with others, it's important to add API documentation that describes each entity and how it's used. Ballerina provides a framework called Docerina that generates API documentation from your annotations in your Ballerina files. You can check it out here.
When you write your code in Ballerina Composer, the syntax is checked for you as you write it, and you can use the Debug button to step through your program. You can also manually test a Ballerina file using the following command:
./ballerina test <module_name>
Ballerina provides a testing framework called Testerina that you can use for your programs. You can check it out here.