Geertjan's Blog

  • March 31, 2008

OpenOffice.org... has its own Plugin Portal!

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
The OpenOffice.org developers of the NetBeans plugin for OpenOffice.org are in Prague today. I attended an interesting presentation where they demoed their plugin this morning. One of several things I learned about was their very cool Extensions site:


Unfortunately, however, you cannot see (currently) from inside OpenOffice.org which extensions are available. On the other hand, this is a feature that NetBeans IDE 6.1 Beta does have support for (at least, on my machine, thanks to a plugin I created) because I integrated their various application-specific extension feeds into the IDE's toolbar:

When I get some time, I will try to create an OpenOffice.org Add-On (using the NetBeans/OpenOffice.org plugin) which will attempt to do the same thing from within OpenOffice.org.

Here's the relevant code in the JPanel, which I added to the toolbar via CallableSystemAction.getToolbarPresenter:

public class OOExtensionsPanel extends javax.swing.JPanel {
DefaultComboBoxModel model = new DefaultComboBoxModel();
/\*\* Creates new form OOExtensionsPanel \*/
public OOExtensionsPanel() {
//appList is the list of OpenOffice.org applications:
appList.addActionListener(new AppListListener());
//extList is the list of OpenOffice.org extensions:
private class AppListListener implements ActionListener {
public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent ev) {
BufferedReader in = null;
try {
//InputOutput io = IOProvider.getDefault().getIO("OpenOffice Extensions", true);
JComboBox box = (JComboBox) ev.getSource();
String selectedApp = box.getSelectedItem().toString();
URL url = null;
if (selectedApp.equals("Writer")) {
url = new URL("http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/taxonomy/term/2/0/feed");
} else if (selectedApp.equals("Calc")) {
url = new URL("http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/taxonomy/term/1/0/feed");
} else if (selectedApp.equals("Draw")) {
url = new URL("http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/taxonomy/term/4/0/feed");
} else if (selectedApp.equals("Impress")) {
url = new URL("http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/taxonomy/term/3/0/feed");
} else if (selectedApp.equals("Chart")) {
url = new URL("http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/taxonomy/term/21/0/feed");
in = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(url.openStream()));
InputSource source = new InputSource(in);
org.w3c.dom.Document doc = XMLUtil.parse(source, false, false, null, null);
org.w3c.dom.NodeList list = doc.getElementsByTagName("\*");
int length = list.getLength();
for (int i = 0; i < length; i++) {
org.w3c.dom.Node mainNode = list.item(i);
String nodeName = mainNode.getNodeName();
String value = mainNode.getTextContent();
if (nodeName.equals("title")) {
//io.getOut().println("Extension: " + value);
} catch (SAXException ex) {
} catch (IOException ex) {
} finally {
try {
} catch (IOException ex) {

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