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The ReflectionDocBlock component of phpDocumentor provides a DocBlock parser that is 100% compatible with the PHPDoc standard.

With this component, a library can provide support for annotations via DocBlocks or otherwise retrieve information that is embedded in a DocBlock.


```bash composer require phpdocumentor/reflection-docblock ```


In order to parse the DocBlock one needs a DocBlockFactory that can be instantiated using its createInstance factory method like this:

```php $factory = ::createInstance(); ```

Then we can use the create method of the factory to interpret the DocBlock. Please note that it is also possible to provide a class that has the getDocComment() method, such as an object of type ReflectionClass, the create method will read that if it exists.

```php $docComment = <<<DOCCOMMENT /**

  • This is an example of a summary.
  • This is a Description. A Summary and Description are separated by either
  • two subsequent newlines (thus a whiteline in between as can be seen in this
  • example), or when the Summary ends with a dot (.) and some form of
  • whitespace.


$docblock = $factory->create($docComment); ```

The create method will yield an object of type \phpDocumentor\Reflection\DocBlock whose methods can be queried:

```php // Contains the summary for this DocBlock $summary = $docblock->getSummary();

// Contains object $description = $docblock->getDescription();

// You can either cast it to string $description = (string) $docblock->getDescription();

// Or use the render method to get a string representation of the Description. $description = $docblock->getDescription()->render(); ```

For more examples it would be best to review the scripts in the `/examples` folder.