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From J├╝rgen Schmidt <jogischm...@googlemail.com>
Subject Re: [EXTENSIONS]Alternative for Report Builder?
Date Wed, 04 Apr 2012 12:18:36 GMT
On 4/4/12 9:14 AM, Pedro Giffuni wrote:
> On 04/04/12 00:14, Juergen Schmidt wrote:
>> On Wednesday, 4. April 2012 at 01:08, drew wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2012-04-03 at 17:00 -0300, Ariel Constenla-Haile wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Apr 03, 2012 at 09:20:58PM +0200, FR web forum wrote:
>>>>>>> One of the volunteers on the ES forum expressed concern about
the
>>>>>>> Oracle Report Builder (ORB) extension not working on AOO builds:
it
>>>>>>> seems that the extension installs, but reports previously created
>>>>>>> with
>>>>>>> it do not run.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>> it is indeed a missing feature but we can't change it for now. But
if
>>>>>> somebody is interested to build it as an extension and host it
>>>>>> somewhere
>>>>>> else we will give support here how to do that.
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Why Oracle did not donate this OXT (and other like PDF Import)?
>>>>> ASF could not contact them to talk about?
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> The code is under the software grant. The issue here is that these
>>>> extensions rely on GPL libraries, though all related code is now under
>>>> ALv2:
>>>>
>>>> ...
>>>>
>>>> * PDF Import:
>>>> http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/incubator/ooo/trunk/main/sdext/source/pdfimport/
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> That is, someone has to build them (and maintain them) as external
>>>> projects.
>>>>
>>>
>> No not really. The problem are the dependent libs as already pointed
>> out. There is no or no easy replacement for this external stuff that
>> is license compatible. Not nice and we would love to have alternatives
>> ...
>> If volunteers will provide an alternative implementation that would be
>> Apache compatible then we will continue the support and include it as
>> bundled extensions.
>
> The pdfimport could use pdfbox, however my understanding is that even with
> a replacement the feature was not really complete without OCR
> capabilities, (yes
> tesseract) but well.. it involves real work(TM).
>
> The other libraries would be excellent examples of how to do extensions.
>
> Hmm... just for reference, I started looking "OOo Extensions for
> Dummies" guide
> on google and I got to this page:
>
> http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/API/Samples
>
> It has a link to the contrib dir in the old SVN server. We haven't
> replicated that
> in the Apache SVN. Thankfully the files are in ooo-legacy-svn in
> apache-extras
> in case we lose the original SVN.

so much cleanup work necessary and a lot of room for improvements ;-)

Juergen


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