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From Noah Tilton <>
Subject Re: ODF Command Line Tools -- Request for community feedback
Date Thu, 10 May 2012 06:17:21 GMT
Hello Ian,

Thanks for the feedback.  It seems as though my first message did get
through after all.

On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 12:31 AM, Ian <> wrote:
> Hi Noah,
> whilst I have no direct useful comment. I am interested in such an
> idea or interface since I too am looking at ODF processing. Possibly
> via a command line interface.
> I suspect you will end up with a DSL approach in effect whichever way you go.
> I don't know anything much about BSF, I do know something about DSLs.
> Look at ANTLR as a possible way to manage the DSL.

Hrm.  I think using a host language such as ruby, lua, etc would be
simpler.  Building a DSL from scratch would be interesting but IMHO
overkill for the scope of this project and given my current level of
expertise, probably not doable in the allotted time.

> Cheers,
> Ian
> On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 5:03 AM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> On Tue, May 8, 2012 at 1:15 AM, Noah Tilton <> wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I was selected as a gsoc2012 participant by the Apache Software
>>> Foundation (ASF) for the ODF Command Line Tools (OCLT) project.  At
>>> Rob Weir's suggestion, I have proposed an initial feedback period
>>> (during Community Bonding) to gauge the interest and leanings of the
>>> community regarding the OCLT tools.  My proposal document is less a
>>> roadmap and more a hodgepodge of different ideas to solving the
>>> problem of the OCLS:
>>> Please feel free to discuss pros/cons of the different approaches I
>>> have proposed, or to propose new ideas.
>> Hi Noah -- Many members of this project are also members of the Apache
>> OpenOffice project, and they just had their first release today.  So
>> it is not surprising that your note may have been lost in the
>> excitement.  Of all the days in the year...
>> Some quick comments:
>> You might want to take a look at the Bean Scripting Framework, part of
>> Apache Commons:
>> "BSF permits any Java application to be implemented in part (or
>> dynamically extended) by a language that is embedded within it. This
>> is achieved by providing an API that permits calling scripting
>> language engines from within Java, as well as an object registry that
>> exposes Java objects to these scripting language engines."
>> I wonder if it would be possible to use BSF to make the DSL approach easier?
>> -Rob
>>> Cheers,
>>> --
>>> Noah


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