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Optimal Java IDE for documents automation

 
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chrizio
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 11:07 am    Post subject: Optimal Java IDE for documents automation Reply with quote

I'm going to start automate my Calc/Write/Base documents using Java SE.
Till now I always used VBA in my MS Office times and recently Star Basic
after switching to OOo. But programming in Basic is a hard process.
Every basic facts have to be found out in a lot of attempts.

I choose Java cause I can use then this knowledge for another tasks.
And till now haven't had any expierences in Java.

Currently I'm in the phase of choosing/collecting the appropriate development environment.
Please support me in taking the optimal decision.
I want to automate my documents (user defined functions), create own dialogs
and eventually extend OOo UI for my particular documents.

[1] What of two following packs available on Sun Downloads should I take ?
- JDK 5.0 Update 9 with NetBeans 5.0
- JDK 5.0 Update 9
Actually I didn't really understand the difference and benefits of both.
[2] Why NetBeans if I should take the that one ?

[3] There is also Eclipse IDE. What do you mean about this option ?

OOo 2.0 Developer's Guide suggests installation of JDK 1.3.1.
[4] I guest it applies to OOo 1.x only. Is that right ?
[5] How do
- the development and deployment tools
- easy-to-use build environment
containted in OOo SDK relate to those from Java JDK ?
[6] Do I need them both from SDK and JDK ?
[7] Having Java JDK do I need the documentation available in SDK only ?
But not those 'easy-to-use build environment' and 'development and deployment tools' ?

Thanks for any hints in advance.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2006 11:56 am    Post subject: Re: Optimal Java IDE for documents automation Reply with quote

OK, some hints:

chrizio wrote:
I'm going to start automate my Calc/Write/Base documents using Java SE.
Till now I always used VBA in my MS Office times and recently Star Basic
after switching to OOo. But programming in Basic is a hard process.
Every basic facts have to be found out in a lot of attempts.

That applies to Java and OOo, too! Be aware of that.

chrizio wrote:
Please support me in taking the optimal decision.

There is no "optimal decision". It mostly depends on what you like or like not.

chrizio wrote:
[1] What of two following packs available on Sun Downloads should I take ?
- JDK 5.0 Update 9 with NetBeans 5.0
- JDK 5.0 Update 9

JDK 5.0 Update 9 with NetBeans 5.0: This distribution of the Java SE Development Kit (JDK) includes NetBeans IDE, which is a powerful integrated development environment for developing applications on the Java platform.
This download includes the JDK and the NetBeans IDE.
JDK 5.0 Update 9: The Java SE Development Kit.
This download includes only the JDK.

chrizio wrote:
[2] Why NetBeans if I should take the that one ?
[3] There is also Eclipse IDE. What do you mean about this option ?

I prefer Eclipse. But, to choose between both is like choosing between white wine and red wine. Both taste great Smile

chrizio wrote:
[4] OOo 2.0 Developer's Guide suggests installation of JDK 1.3.1. I guest it applies to OOo 1.x only. Is that right ?

JDK 1.3.1 is the minimal requirement for OOo 2.0.x, too. But take at least 1.4.2 or go for JDK 5.0.

chrizio wrote:
[5] How do
- the development and deployment tools
- easy-to-use build environment
containted in OOo SDK relate to those from Java JDK ?
[6] Do I need them both from SDK and JDK ?
[7] Having Java JDK do I need the documentation available in SDK only ?
But not those 'easy-to-use build environment' and 'development and deployment tools' ?

I didn't get the point of this bunch of questions.

If you want to develop a Java application which uses OOo you need a Java IDE like Eclipse and a project which contains in its CLASSPATH the OOo JAR files from your OOo installation directory subfolder program/classes (On Windows XP for example c:\program files\OpenOffice.org2.0\program\classes).

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hol.sten
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