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An informal workshop on OpenOffice.org architecture, code, and community, with a special emphasis on building extensions. There will be a hands-on demonstration. The level is for all, including those interested in OpenOffice.org, the OpenDocument Format (ODF), and where it’s all going, as well as those who want to just code and want pointers.
OpenOffice.org is fun to work on. We will show how here, in this BoF, by explaining, step-by-step, how to write extensions for the application. We’ll also go into the larger architecture of the code, and touch on the dynamics of the project. We invite all developers, of any level, to attend. Our goal is to end the evening with new friends, code, and plans for the next step.
Why is OpenOffice.org interesting? The application is used now by tens of millions around the world, making it the strongest and most serious competitor to proprietary productivity suites. Today, 7 and half years after Sun released the code under under open licenses, the project has never been stronger and the product never more popular. And with more and more national polities declaring their support for its format, the ODF, and joining the community, as users and contributors, OpenOffice.org, as a project and product, is only gaining in importance. It, along with Mozilla, are pushing the logic and fact of open source more than any other desktop application, and ten years after the coining of the term, that is something that bears investigation.