OOoCon Day 3 – What I love about OOo

Day 3 was a short one and my last chance to get some pictures in place. I loved the conference in itself and even though I did attend to a lot of technical talks I did also had the chance to go to other NLC talks which was amazing. I was particular impressed with the Japan migration test cases. Also some more ODF talks were impressive.So my first talk was the BuildBot talk which was a bit over my head, and then the builder tools which I went with the naive intention on getting OpenOffice.org on my Nokia 800. Being the N800 a linux device we just need a port for the StrongARM processor. In the end I couldnt talk to the guy about doing this and I probably won’t do since well… I dunno. I should have gone to the “toolkit toolkit come and play” talk.Next talk was on “The OpenOffice.org ODF Toolkit Project” which was a very good talk basically is what’s comming for OpenOffice.org and how we can get more for less re-utilizing UNO. ODF Toolkit could have been the OOo Toolkit for all that matters cuz I think is more dependant on UNO than ODF as far as the project goal goes. However this seems to overlap with other projects in my opinion. With projects such as ODF4J and AODL for .NET this were interesting projects that are contained in what it seems to be one of the recent innovations this past year on the OOo community.After this talk I went to Tora’s talk from the JA NLC and it was a great test study on “Migrations in Japan” I think the information he gave was supperb and I am really waiting on his slide to show up at the conference page to put it on slideshare. Then there was a talk also on ODFToolkit related matter with the title “UNO based ODF Toolkit API” which was a more indepth look of the ODF4j implementation and the sister implementation under .NET. The content was interesting since there was a big differenciation between the philosophy that the ODF should be processed from XSLT to SAX to DOM or to an automation API that will handle this processing. Also showed that some of the limitation regarding the handling of metadata and other challenging things like styles. I enjoyed this talk and also participate with some questioning on the project.The last talk was by Svante “An RDF Metadata Model for OpenDocument Format 1.2” which I really liked and basically was pushing ODF to the semantic web which is something that many people have been dreaming about. The web technology has been a bit hard to understand but having ODF being web compatible will make it the premier file format and ultimate web friendly format. I did ask him if this was something to replace the current metadata standard (Dublin Core) but he assured me that the dublin core implementaiton is also moving this way. Finally the roundtable we saw the powerheads of the community including Simon Phipps, Michael Meeks and the new members the guy from IBM and Red Flag joning in with Google. In the end we saw — and didn’t saw anymore — the corporate patrons of the OOo project. One notoriously missing was the Intel guys which seem to have headed away from the project since there was nowhere to bee seen at the confernce or in the community after all.There was some concerns that OOo is getting too controlled by this gigantic companies but I dont think this is the case since we have also seem developing branching to smaller venues like the EuroOffice project.Some of the questions were regarding re-implementing google summer of code but by other companies like IBM and Sun, also having some random comments about the engineer vision of OOo and some very politically correct comments on the future of Innovation, OOo and ODF.After the meeting I was running around trying to get pictures with everyone. I’ll have more pictures comming up in the future regarding OOo’s conference.

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