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From Jim Holgate <>
Subject RE: Bringing social capabilities into the core SDK
Date Mon, 29 Oct 2012 02:54:20 GMT

Really, what I would like to see is a security warning on extensions that invoke external
processes, write files, or connect to the Internet, similar to what Android does when you
try to install an application from the Android marketplace.
In its present release, LibreOffice is blacklisted when you try to install or run it in Apple
OSX mountain lion. In part, this may be due to a security concern that extensions can run
arbitrary code without warnings. In the future, OpenOffice and its variants may face increasing
Most people go ahead and install the Android Applications in spite of the warnings. At least
they have been given the opportunity for informed consent.

> Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:54:41 -0400
> Subject: Bringing social capabilities into the core SDK
> From:
> To:
> CC:
> (Responses please to the ooo-api list)
> I wanted to confirm some thinking I've been having recently.  Please
> let me know if any of this sounds plausible or even useful.
> The problem I'm trying to solve is how to make OpenOffice better
> connected with the online tools that we all use today, from DropBox to
> Drupal, Twitter to Facebook, Sharepoint to SAP.   We do have a few
> extensions in these areas.  That is good.  But I'm wondering if there
> are some things we can do in the API to make these kinds of extensions
> much easier.
> The key observation is that there is a set of protocols and formats
> that have emerged as the basic foundation of connecting with these
> kinds of apps.  HTTP/XML at the base, but also on top things like RSS,
> Atom, OData, OAuth, OpenID, OpenSocial, CMIS, etc.
> What if we made available in our SDK, access to a cross-platform
> library that provided these capabilities without any extra coding
> required?  Where needed, provide integration with native credential
> stores, etc.  So the SDK does all the heavy lifting.  The extension
> authors can then focus on things at a higher level.
> In other words, make socially-connected OpenOffice apps be in the
> reach of every app developers, rather than requiring a protocol
> expert.
> I'd be interested in hearing from extension authors on whether such a
> capability would be useful.  And how useful?
> Regards,
> -Rob
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