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From "Neeraj Gupta" <nirkg...@hotmail.com>
Subject Re: POI Code
Date Thu, 08 Jul 2004 13:54:19 GMT
Hi Glen

Thanks for your response and help. I am looking to go ahead with your 
suggestions and will be back for further help from you.


>From: Glen Stampoultzis <gstamp@iinet.net.au>
>Reply-To: "POI Developers List" <poi-dev@jakarta.apache.org>
>To: "POI Developers List" <poi-dev@jakarta.apache.org>
>Subject: Re: POI Code
>Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2004 11:13:09 +1000
>You can find the powerpoint format at wotzit:
>Haven't looked into powerpoint much so I don't have much in the way of 
>specifics.  I know it is supposed to be similar to the escher file format.  
>That can be found here:
>The approach I would take:
>1. Build some sort of viewer (like BiffViewer but for power point).
>2. Implement as much as you can according to the specification.
>3. Use your viewer to pick apart the structure of existing files.
>4. Use some sort of diff tool to see what happens when you do various 
>things to a powerpoint file.
>Once you've got a handle on how the file format hangs together try and 
>build something out of low level records.  Frequently office applications 
>can be _very_ picky about how things are structured.  You learn through a 
>process of trial and error what works.
>The open office sources may be of some help.  They are somewhat difficult 
>to read however.  Once you've got enough low level records implemented and 
>know how to string them together you'll want to start looking at creating 
>an API.  I suggest if you can to create a model that supports reading and 
>(re)writing.  It's more work than just reading or just writing but you'll 
>find it difficult to evolve the code later unless you plan for that now.
>At 05:30 PM 6/07/2004, you wrote:
>>Dear All
>>I am using POI for some time and am very much interested to understand the 
>>development strategy as I need to export data not only to Excel but 
>>PowerPoint also from my application. This problem (export to PowerPoint) 
>>just gave me an idea to develop a tool for exporting to PowerPoint from an 
>>java application. Can you people give me a hint to understand how can I 
>>get PowerPoint file format so that I can develop a tool in java to export 
>>data to PowerPoint from any application.  I know there is so much hard 
>>work involved and I am ready to take the pain .so Any help from will be 
>>appreciated. I am looking forward to learn from your experience.
>>Thanks and Regards
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