OpenOffice Extensions at work (or how to write your own)

Dear partners, dear developers,

my copy and paste approach from StarOffice 8 writer to this blog has an end! I finally got hands on the Sun Weblog Publisher extension for StarOffice and OpenOffice. This OpenOffice extension is multi platform and it allows me to pull an entry from the web for editing or uploading it. I'm writing this blog in my common StarOffice writer mode. All I have to do is to click on a menu item to upload this document to the rest of theword (see below).




The interesting aspect for developers is that everyone may write smaller or larger extensions to the OpenOffice API in order to solve some special needs. The coolest aspect around this technology is that everyone may write extension to a freely available product like OpenOffice. Extension can be made working on all platforms like Solaris, Linux or Windows. Let the customer pick his favorite desktop. The number of OpenOffice extensions are growing everyday. Join the list!


What does it take to do this?

Start your exploration at the openoffice.org site if you are a developer. Hop to Erwin's blog if you just want to know how OpenOffice is changing the rules of business.

Back to technology:

The extension project is what it takes to get started. The openoffice wiki nicely describes how to get started with extensions development. The next step then is to start development. Java is the natural language for a multiplatform OpenOffice extension. Netbeans is the IDE you will want to use. Get the latest Netbeans for free and use the Netbeans plugin for the OpenOffice application development. The OpenOffice wiki pages gives a good overview about the Netbeans plugin.


What I like most about all the components I mentioned:

  • They may be used free of any fees

  • They may be redistributed with your own software solution

  • They're platform agnostic. Everything is available for Solaris, OpenSolaris, Linux, Windows or MacOS. No lock in for anyone.

  • And last but not least: Everything is pretty stable.

Interested in more? Join the Sun Partner Advantage Program. We have programmatic services and passionate engineers who have the skills to make your solutions work with StarOffice or OpenOffice.


Coming to the end...

My first Sun Weblog publisher document is about to be uploaded. My StarOffice completed the spell check. I integrated a picture which will have to be uploaded in a transparent way and I didn't care at all about html. I'm clicking the upload button...

The extension will have worked when you're reading this blog


- Stefan Schneider




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