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  • OpenXML SDK Frees Microsoft Office Files

    The file formats used by Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have been fully opened source via the latest release of Microsoft's OpenXML SDK. This provides developers with the familiar Apache 2.0 License, providing an easier path to incorporating support for these documents into their own projects.

  • Open Source Word Generator Using OpenXML SDK 2.0

    OpenXML SDK 2.0 for MS Office provides strongly typed part classes to manipulate Open XML documents. WorddocGenerator, an open source utility for generating template driven word files is one example of what can be done with this SDK. InfoQ got in touch with Atul Verma the developer of this utility to ask him a few questions about this project.

  • Making OpenXML Easy with ClosedXML

    When working with Excel documents, developers usually use raw XML or rely on the Office Automation libraries. But the Office Automation library is not appropriate for servers and working with XML can be quite tedious. ClosedXML bridges the gap by providing an easy to use Office-like API without the overhead of COM. To introduce this library we spoke with Manuel De Leon of the ClosedXML project.

  • A New Library and Tooling Package for Open XML

    Open XML SDK 2.0 offers a moderately high level API for manipulating Open XML documents using strongly typed classes. It includes the Open XML SDK v2.0 Productivity Tool, which can reverse engineer a Word, PowerPoint, or Excel document and display the C# code needed to recreate it.

  • Manipulate Office Documents from the Command Line

    PowerTools for Open XML is a PowerShell extension that makes it easy to create and manipulate MS Office documents from the command line.

  • OOXML has been Rejected as an ISO Standard

    Microsoft's attempt to officially standardize the Office Open XML Format (OOXML) by the ISO-Standards ISO/IEC DIS 29500 has failed. National standard bodies have been asked to give their vote on OOXML by September 2.

  • OpenXML Spreadsheet Formulas Called into Question

    Rob Weir has called the spreadsheet formulas into question. Lost in the posturing and grandstanding are some serious holes in the specification.

  • Java and .NET Libraries for Open XML

    With the new OpenXML format, there is the promise of an clean and efficient way to manipulate Office documents via XML. But with a 6000+ page spec, finding the exact nodes one needs to manipulate is a non-trivial task. To address this, OpenXML libraries for both Java and .NET are in the works.

  • The Microsoft OBA Framework

    Microsoft has been touting a new way to build composite applications using the acronym, “OBA”. The intended sweet spot for OBA is within the Lines of Business within the greater Enterprise cloud. The OBA framework capitalizes on the large number of Microsoft Office licenses that have been sold world-wide.

  • Article: Using Java to Crack Office 2007

    Office file manipulation used to be difficult, but since Office 2007, Word, Excel and Powerpoint files can be read and written without anything more complicated than the native JDK itself because Office 2007 documents are now nothing more than ZIP files of XML documents. Ted Neward demonstrates this in action.

  • Should You Bulk Convert from MS Office Binary to OpenXML?

    Microsoft has released a new tool for bulk converting MS Office files from the older binary format to the Office 2007 format OpenXML. The question is, should you use it?

  • Fire and Motion: What OpenXML Means to IBM and Lotus Notes

    In the on going debate between ODF and OpenXML, two things are becoming clear. The first is that both ODF and OpenXML are essentially proprietary formats dressed up to be open standards. The second is neither IBM nor Microsoft is going to back down.

  • OpenXML vs ODF: Round 2

    One of the most hotly debated areas in the OpenXML spec is the number of partially documented compatibility flags. But as we see, ODF isn't innocent in this area either.

  • ECMA Passes OpenXML Standard to the Chagrin of ODF Supporters

    ECMA has passed Microsoft's Open XML standard. This format, original conceived as an XML version of the various Microsoft Office formats. While some are rejoicing at the prospect of Microsoft loosening its grip on the industry, others see it as an abuse of the process.