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From "Ishan somasiri (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COMDEV-77) [GSoC] Apache OpenOffice Extension Plugin for Eclipse
Date Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:19:16 GMT


Ishan somasiri commented on COMDEV-77:


As my 2012 GSoC project, I ported the Creative Commons licensing plugin for LibreOffice from
Java to Python[1]. So I have an understanding about the OpenOffice API and I've been exposed
to plugin development using both Java and Python. Is there a mailing list where I can introduce
my self and convey my interest to the Com. Dev. community? (I searched for a mailing list,
but failed to find any, sorry for the ignorance).

> [GSoC] Apache OpenOffice Extension Plugin for Eclipse
> -----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COMDEV-77
>                 URL:
>             Project: Community Development
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Juergen Schmidt
>              Labels: gsoc, gsoc2013, mentor
> 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 anything 
> -- 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
> [1]

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