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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject [ANNOUNCE] The Apache Software Foundation Announces 10th Anniversary of Apache POI
Date Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:06:00 GMT
[this announcement is available online at http://s.apache.org/ROg] 

Open Source project in use at Deutsche Bank, IBM, J.P. Morgan, NASA, Siemens and more.

Forest Hill, MD, Aug. 30, 2011 -- The Apache Software Foundation (ASF),  the all-volunteer
developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today
announced the 10th anniversary of Apache POI. First created in 2001, Apache POI's cross-platform
Open Source Java APIs allow users to read and write various file formats from the Microsoft
Office suite of applications, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Visio, and Publisher.

Apache POI is deployed in many highly-visible environments including CERN, Deutsche Bank,
Freddie Mac, IBM, J.P. Morgan, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, NASA, SAP, and Siemens,
among others. In addition, Apache POI is also used in Open Source projects such as Alfresco,
JasperReports and Apache Tika.

"Apache POI's powerful solutions give users the ability to create and maintain many Office
OpenXML (OOXML) and OLE2-based file formats," said Yegor Kozlov, Vice President of Apache
POI. "With POI, you can do almost anything that you can with Microsoft Office products, only
using Java."

The latest stable release of the project is v3.8beta4 (August 2011). Highlights include:

- the ability to read and write OLE2 files, including .xls, .doc, and .ppt, as well as MFC
serialization API based file formats;

- the ability to read and write OOXML files, including .xlsx, .docx, and .pptx;

- a low-level API to support Open Packaging Conventions using openxml4j;

- highly-developed Java APIs for Excel workbooks, Word documents, and PowerPoint presentations;

- support for Outlook messages and attachments;

- converters for Excel and Word documents to streamline document production and consumption
in HTML and XSLF-FO formats; and

- porting other OOXML and OLE2 formats

"Apache POI is a vital component of WSO2's Middleware Platforms and Open PaaS. WSO2 Governance
Registry makes use of Apache POI to extract keywords to build its search index for MS Office
Documents stored within the resource repository. Meanwhile, WSO2 Data Services Server relies
on Apache POI to access MS Excel spreadsheets as Data Sources; making it possible to read
data from any Excel Sheet and expose them through Data Services." said Senaka Fernando, Apache
Member and Governance Registry Product Manager at WSO2.

In addition, POI's robust spreadsheet API enables advanced formatting, graphics, conditional
formatting, data validations and evaluation of Excel formulas. Its streaming spreadsheet API
increases performance when used for very large spreadsheet production with limited heap space.

"The spreadsheet libraries in Apache POI have been invaluable in our efforts to streamline
workflows for renewable-energy infrastructure modeling and analysis," said Brian Bush, Principal
Engineer, Energy Forecasting & Modeling Group, US Department of Energy National Renewable
Energy Laboratory. "The clean and robust API that POI provides made it easy for us to embed
externally provided spreadsheets within our applications and to evaluate the formulae within
those spreadsheets as part of a larger set of analytic computations. We also found that POI
opened new avenues for exposing spreadsheets as Web services and for Apache Ant-based regression
testing of spreadsheets."

To improve functionality, the Apache POI project often collaborates with other Apache projects
and Open Source communities that include Apache Cocoon, Lucene, OpenOffice, and Tika.

"We've donated components directly to those projects for POI-enabling them, and welcome additional
contributions," added Kozlov.

Availability and Oversight
As with all Apache products, Apache POI software is released under the Apache License v2.0,
and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management
Committee (PMC) guides the Project’s day-to-day operations, including community development
and product releases. Apache POI source code, documentation, mailing lists, and related resources
are available at http://poi.apache.org/.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading
Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server -- the world's most popular Web server
software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 350
individual Members and 3,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available
enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions
are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing
lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings,
and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations
and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, IBM, HP,
Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource/VMware, and Yahoo!. For more information,
visit http://www.apache.org/.

"Apache" and "Apache POI" are trademarks of The Apache Software Foundation. All other brands
and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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