Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Java Developer Managed to Built Office in a Month

Java Developer Managed to Built Office in a Month

No good news for Microsoft – a Java developer recently claimed he knocked up a basic open source office suite which runs on multiple operating systems. The development only took the guy 30 days, while Microsoft keeps spending years in finding a way to make this life easier for everyone. The developer is Anthony Goubard – he has created Joeffice which runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and even browsers.

Actually, his Office is a basic package containing a word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program and database software. Anthony Goubard explained that he built the suit with NetBeans and used a lot of popular open source Java libraries. The developer has been demonstrating users how he created it on YouTube and the alpha version of the Joeffice is already released. Goubard’s outfit, Japplis, has released the suite, currently available under an Apache 2.0 license. This is how companies can change and redistribute the code internally without having to share the new code publicly.

The developer hopes to make the software also available on mobile platforms and even the Raspberry Pi credit-card size personal computer. Although his software isn’t actually meant to be as advanced as Microsoft’s Office, or OpenOffice, Joeffice is designed for businesses having specific needs – for example, obtaining information from a Java library. In case that everything goes well with the released alpha version, Anthony Goubard is planning to release a full version of the software in 2014. Anyone who wants to take a look and try the software are able to download and play with Joeffice online – all they need is only Java 7 to get it to run. 



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