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From "J├╝rgen Schmidt" <>
Subject Re: OpenOffice in Java
Date Thu, 05 Jul 2012 20:04:27 GMT
Am Donnerstag, 5. Juli 2012 um 19:57 schrieb Dennis E. Hamilton:
> I don't want to discourage you, but there is need to look at the
> practical issues around rehosting the OpenOffice code base.
> Help us to understand your perspective better:
> 1. Why do you care what Apache OpenOffice is written in? Is there a 
> direct personal concern or is this some general consideration? In 
> what way are you impacted personally? As an user? As a contributor
> or developer?
> 2. Are you interested in participating in such a development? Are
> you already familiar with the OpenOffice implementation? How could
> you contribute to such a migration? This is an open-source project
> and availability of capable and willing contributors is decisive.
> Most of all, how do you expect the hundreds of contributors who are 
> already at work in aspects of this extensive, long-lived product to
> switch their attention to a different approach?
> 3. Are you aware that the tendency is to remove Java dependencies
> from OpenOffice? I don't know the reasoning, but it is happening.

really, I don't see it at AOO at the moment. I still recommend Java for extensions because
it's much easier to develop and to maintain on all platforms.

> The source code package for the latest release of Apache OpenOffice 
> 3.4 (incubating) is over one gigabyte. Changing the platform would 
> represent a tremendous disruption in the development. How long are
> you willing to wait for there to ever be another stable version 
> hosted on some VM model instead of built for the variety of native
> platforms that are now served?
> - Dennis
> PS: You might explore the current Java-based viewers for some
> calibration and a place where proof-of-concept work might be
> carried out. There needs to be a way to surface the unknowns 
> and calibrate such an effort. It is also possible to undertake
> such a project completely independently from Apache OpenOffice.
> That is a beauty of open-source work that allows this to be done
> without expecting that one project be required to be all things
> to all people.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: suhail ansari [] 
> Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2012 09:41
> To:
> Subject: OpenOffice in Java
> As far as I know the only modern platform that doesn't support Java is iOS.
> 99% platform support Java. Java is the second most popular plugin after
> flash. Flash is being phased out and HTML5 is used these days. One major
> reason to rewrite OpenOffice in Java because Java support many languages
> (Scala, Jython, JRuby). JavaFX is moder UI framework for Java that also
> support HTML5. It will be easier to support a Java based OpenOffice due to
> Java's cross platform nature.

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