Reducing Java-Dependency

After the attack by Oracle on Google, everyone should be finding ways to minimize dependency on Java. Libre Office will do that, too.
“TDF developers are working full steam at improving the overall quality of OOo code, which is a good starting point, and making easy testability of the code and quality assurance a priority. This is an area where new developers and code hackers, whose number has grown to over 90 in just a month, are instrumental for the bulk of the activity.

In addition, each single module of LibreOffice will be undergoing an extensive rewrite, with Calc being the first one to be redeveloped around a brand new engine – code named Ixion – that will increase performance, allow true versatility and add long awaited database and VBA macro handling features. Writer is going to be improved in the area of layout fidelity and Impress in the area of slideshow fidelity. Most of the new features are either meant to maintain compatibility with the market leading office suite or will introduce radical innovations. They will also improve conversion fidelity between formats, liberate content, and reduce Java dependency. “

I want to integrate my new database for attendance into document production but OpenOffice.org depends on Java for databasery. LibreOffice reducing that dependency sounds good to me.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Reducing Java-Dependency

  1. Dann says:

    As long as libreoffice isn’t rewritten in garbage like mono or other M$-touted languages, I’m all for it.
    I’m sure there will be some influence from less-than-reputable organizations pushing to include it.

    wysiwyg editors are old, but so are non-wysiwyg editors.
    Doc tex and latex are decades old, probably originating pre-80’s, when we didn’t have the luxury of loads of ram and multi-core processors to run the latest M$ office suite. (those of us that DO use it, sans me)
    Seems like a moot point to me.

  2. Ray says:

    Well, if it makes my experience in LibreOffice better, I’m all in 🙂

  3. How can Google have violated Sun/Oracle’s copyright? They did not copy anything. There’s no Java in Android. Android developers take Java applications and automatically translate them to something that runs in Dalvik.

  4. NotZed says:

    ho hum, someone else buying into the anti-java fud for no obvious reason other than they appear to hate oracle. whilst at the same time promoting android it just appears hypocritical (both that much of what makes android android is proprietary and that it uses java as a development language).

    google seems to have abused sun’s copyrights, why defend them? why even extend that act to an attack on free software when it has nothing to do with it at all? what does it actually have to do with java anyway – it’s only about big companies and money. i see the apache guys are trying to leverage the hate for their own political gain too, yay for them.

    re openoffice, so much effort wasted on copying a crappy bit of software like microsoft office. what a huge pity. the word processor in particular produces crappy output with too much effort. no matter how much they ‘improve it’, the `wysiwyg document editor’ is an arcane 80s invention that is long past it’s due by date. it pre-dates mobile phones ffs.

    and now they’re going to rewrite a huge bunch of it? why didn’t they just start from scratch rather than with all the messy politics of a fork? well they sure pulled a successful marketing coup detat didn’t they.

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