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From "Juergen Schmidt (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (COMDEV-77) [GSoC] Apache OpenOffice Extension Plugin for Eclipse
Date Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:53:15 GMT
Juergen Schmidt created COMDEV-77:

             Summary: [GSoC] Apache OpenOffice Extension Plugin for Eclipse
                 Key: COMDEV-77
             Project: Community Development
          Issue Type: New Feature
            Reporter: Juergen Schmidt

Apache OpenOffice is the leading open source desktop office suite. Our most recent release
has had over 40 million downloads.

OpenOffice has a powerful API and extension framework that allows to extend the office with
new features or provide connectors into external applications and simplify the interoperability
between the application and office. Many service provider interfaces  (SPI) are available
and allow specific integration into existing areas. For example you can provide extensions
that behaves as normal build in function in the spreadsheet application. Or you can provide
an grammar checking extensions etc.

A key element here to simplify the development of such extensions is to have a good tooling.
There is already a plugin available for NetBeans [1] that provides some basic project types
and wizards to simplify the setup of a new project and the ongoing maintenance and development
(including deployment and debugging in the office) of such extension projects.

The idea is to have a similar plugin for Eclipse in place to reach even more extension developers
and give them a powerful tooling to speed up their work and to help growing the eco-system
around OpenOffice. The focus is here on Java extensions but on demand the support for C++
or Python extension is also possible.

Project scope and ideas:
1. thinking  about a good project structure for an Eclipse extension project
2. evaluating how to package an extension package (oxt), deploy it from Eclipse into the office
and how to remote debug the extension in the office
3. Implement some basic wizards to support specific SPIs (e.g. Calc Add-in, Add-on, ...) and
help to setup a basic project

The OpenOffice SDK provided a code skeleton generator that can be used to generate necessary
code skeletons. 

Skills needed:
-- Java programming ("Core Java"), good working knowledge, but don't need to be a guru or

-- open minded to learn something new, the office API and some basic concepts regarding the
underlying component technology

-- open to have fun with one of the biggest open source projects


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