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OpenOffice.org Software Development Kit (SDK) - For own solutions and products based on OpenOffice.org and Java
Jürgen Schmidt Technical Lead Software Engineering, Star Office Software Entwicklungs GmbH
This session describes the opportunities to extend or control OpenOffice.org with Java or other languages where an UNO language binding exists.
OpenOffice.org is an open source driven office productivity formerly based on StarOffice. While it is widely known that OpenOffice.org is multi-platform and that it is fully compatible with the Microsoft Office formats, few to date are aware that it offers a complete API for developers to support the creation of own extension or the control of OpenOffice.org from own applications. The API based on the Universal Network Objects (UNO) component model which allows the integration of 100% pure Java components in OpenOffice.org. It is also possible to control OpenOffice.org from a Java application to use the provided office functionality for example a report generator or a document converter.
The session gives an introduction into the UNO component model and it will discuss the main API concepts (hopefully this section will be an extra session). The capabilities of the API are demonstrated using some examples of Java-UNO components. The session provides an overview about the OpenOffice.org Software Development Kit (SDK).
The attendees will learn how to use, extend and customize a professional office application with Java. They learn to create highly integrated office components in Java which are platform independent and can be used on every platform where OpenOffice.org and Java will be available. This is an advantage for all who want to create extensions for their office environment or a wider audience.

Outline

  • Introduction
    • OpenOffice.org - short overview (application areas: writer, calc, draw, impress)
    • OpenOffice.org Software Development Kit (SDK) - short overview
  • (optional
    • The UNO component model
    • Introduction to UNO
    • Concepts
    • Key features
    • )
  • Examples
    • Calc Add-in component
      • concepts
      • code sample
    • Java application using a remote connection to OpenOffice.org
      • demo of a document converter
      • code sample
    • OfficeBean
      • demo of simple examples
      • code sample
(the examples may change)
Biography: Jürgen Schmidt has worked for StarOffice for over five years. He was deeply involved in the development of the UNO component model which is the foundation for the StarOffice API. Currently he is technical lead for the StarOffice Software Development Kit (SDK) which is used in StarOffice and OpenOffice.org.

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The new development process - How Child Work Spaces will improve the developer experience and the quality
Erwin Tenhumberg Product Marketing Manager, Desktop Solutions Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Beginning with the OpenOffice.org 1.1 builds a new development process based on Child Work Spaces (CWS) was introduced. Due to the new development process future StarOffice releases will be based on OpenOffice.org and actually have most of the binaries in common. What is even more important, the usage of CWS makes it much easier for developers to contribute to the OpenOffice.org project. New features and patches can be developed and tested without interfering with other projects.
This session will outline the new development process and explain what tools are available. In addition, the speaker will talk about the history and illustrate what the benefits of the new process are compared to the past.
Biography: Erwin Tenhumberg is a Product Marketing Manager in the Desktop Solutions Group at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Within this group he mainly focusses on the developer aspects of both OpenOffice.org and StarOffice[tm] including the SDK. Erwin started working for Sun as a Systems Engineer in Langen, Germany. There he did pre-sales for various software products including StarOffice and SunRay[tm]. Before Erwin joined Sun he worked for different companies where he did Java consulting, software development and desktop application administration and helpdesk.

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The Glow Project - an outlook for OpenOffice.org Groupware
Colm Smyth Staff Engineer with Sun Microsystems
Glow is the codename for a groupware client project being started within the OpenOffice.org Groupware initiative. The presentation will describe the motivation, goals, technologies and roadmap for Glow, and introduce the initial team who are developing the first milestone.
Biography: Colm is a software developer with 16 years experience. He has developed clients, servers, middleware (object, content, data and messaging) and some things that defy conventional classification. He has been with Sun for over 5 years and currently is a Technical Architect with the StarOffice team. Colm is an enthusiastic developer of rich clients in Java and is Sun's lead engineer on the Glow project within OpenOffice.org Groupware.

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Scripting OpenOffice.org in your language of choice.
John Rice Staff Engineer with Sun Microsystems
The talk will describe the Scripting Framework being developed to enable any scripting language which has an UNO bridge to be plugged into OpenOffice.org. Using the framework users and developers will be able to write scripts in any supported scripting language to automate OpenOffice.org.
Developers will learn about the overall design of the scripting framework and how one would go about writing their own scripting runtime to plug in their favorite scripting language to OpenOffice.org. Details of the Java, Beanshell and Python runtimes will be presented.
Biography: John Rice is a Staff Engineer with Sun Microsystems, working as technical lead on the Scripting Framework project for OpenOffice.org (http://framework.openoffice.org/scripting). John has over 15 years industrial experience in the development of software applications. He has worked with companies including Hitachi, Lotus and ICL, covering a board range of development areas including neural network research, Lotus Notes groupware products, ICL/ Fujitsu's document management system and a number of award winning internet based information management tools.

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Web-based Distributed Localization of OpenOffice.org
János Noll Founder of Free Software Foundation Hungary
I will present two "in-house developed" web-based, database-backed systems for distributed localization of the OpenOffice.org messages and the help, respectively. These systems allow involvement of a large number of people in the localization of OpenOffice.org. This system has been used for the Hungarian localization (which is, sadly, far not 100% finished, as of today). I will also present a "next generation" localization tool, which is not implemented yet. This tool should make localization as easy as clicking with the mouse and entering text.
My talk will be about tools for OpenOffice.org allowing distributed, Internet-based translation. I will present two programs and scenarios which helped to translatethe OpenOffice.org strings and the OpenOffice.org help, and a plan of an interactive program, that could make doing translations and revisions easy and very productive.
The first program has been used to translate the OpenOffice.org strings. The program provides a database-backed web-based editor, where individual strings can be searched for, translated and revised (marked being good and appropriate) by the registered translators. The program was written in the popular PHP web programming language, and it is using Apache, PostgreSQL, and is running on Linux. The translation process also includes some scripts that bridge the gap between the web-based translation engine and the "standard" OpenOffice.org localization tools.
The second program has been used to translate the OpenOffice.org help. This tool is conceptionally similar to the first, but due to the different structure of the material to-be-translated and the different tools it uses (T9N toolkit), it has a slightly different structure which makes it worth to present this separately.
And last, there is an idea for an interactive, client program, which can "look up" the message string on the screen under the mouse cursor in a translation database, and by identifying it, it can provide access to the translation allowing to modify or revise it. This application would radically speed up testing (QA-ing) a localized OpenOffice.org program.
Biography: I have been a Linux user and programmer for 5-6 years now. In the past years, it was an honor for me to take part in two Hungarian civil societies, the "LME" (Association of Hungarian Linux Users), founded in 1998, and the "FSF.hu Foundation for Propagating and Supporting Free Software in Hungary". I am using Linux at home and at work, which implies that I needed a good Office product for writing documents, presentations and so on. OpenOffice.org fullfilled my needs, and I've been using it for two years now. OpenOffice.org localization in Hungary has been lacking (at least localization of the "GPL" version, as a commercial OOo-based product is available for money), that is why I was happy to be an organizer of the 2002 OOo-localization marathon, during which a group of 150 people localized all the approx. 21 thousand strings in OOo in just 3 days.
In my work I do mostly web programming and system management, and I work with opensource products day-by-day.

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Packaging OpenOffice.org
Chris Halls The Debian project
This talk gives an introduction to the process of making OpenOffice.org packages. It gives an overview of the existing techniques used to build OOo and integrate it into the operating system. Also, I will introduce some of the important tips, tricks, tools and resources for packages.
The Debian team, and several other distributors, have been providing their own packages of OpenOffice.org for their system. The source is modified to integrate better with the native package management, as well as taking into account constraints put on the packages by the rest of the system, including components with restricted licensing such as the GPC library and the JDK. The methods used to overcome these problems will be covered, as well as the concepts behind the extra features such as language packs, auto user install, language fallbacks and managing three different architectures. There are several tools and resources available for packages, such as various mailing lists, scripts, ccache & distcc, IRC, some Issuezilla queries and web resources such as Ximian's LXR and Tinderbox.
Targeted Audience: People interested in packaging, porting and the installation of OOo, and those developers who are interested in techniques to improve the end user installation experience.
Biography: Chris Halls, is a software developer, living & working in Frankfurt, Germany. He is also a Debian Developer and part of the team that packages OpenOffice.org for the Debian distribution, as well contributing to the tools project. He is 29, married and is British.

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