New Project to Create the First Java Open Source Office Suite

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Japplis enters the competitive market of office suites by creating a new open source project named Joeffice which will be the first open source office suite written in the Java programming language.

Japplis, a company based in Amsterdam, starts the development of an open source office suite. This office suite, named Joeffice is developed in Java, one of the most popular development language with a reported 10 million users (source Wikipedia). The office suite will contain a word processor, a spreadsheet software, a presentation software, a database editor and eventually a drawing software. The development of the software will be based on principles like quality of code versus quantity, no hard coded English text to allow internationalization of the user interface, reuse existing libraries and pluggable and updates online.

At the moment most of the office suite are developed in C++ or in JavaScript. Joeffice is the first open source office suite in Java. Japplis has chosen the Apache license 2.0 which makes it possible to change the code without the need to share the modified code.

The software will work on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It will be also possible to run the application online in a browser.

The first release of the software should be available in 30 days. Each day a video will be posted on YouTube about the development progress and how to develop an office suite in 30 days.

The presentation of the project is available at http://youtu.be/6oJyaUzkQVM. People interested can also subscribe to the launch announcement at http://joeffice.launchrock.com. The first subscribers will get free access to the online version.

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