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From acoli...@apache.org
Subject Re: Leaving POI
Date Mon, 19 Jul 2004 13:06:49 GMT
Congratulations on your new job.  I would have liked to have found a way to
bring you on working on POI full-time, but the difficulty of the BSD license
with regards to commercial open source really got in our way.  Losing you is
a real loss to POI.  If I had it to do over again, POI would have been LGPL
or even GPL.

As you said, please do not answer questions on this list.  Please do not
contribute any code or patches.  It is important that the project remain
unencumbered by any legal agreements you may be bound to.

I'll always appreciate the work you did and am glad to have known you.


PS.  The severe loss to POI cannot be understated and unless someone steps
up to the plate (volunteers) it will fall into disrepair.  Is anyone up to
the task?  We can train you on the finer art of bit-tweaking.
Andrew C. Oliver
Custom enhancements and Commercial Implementation for Jakarta POI

For Java and Excel, Got POI?

The views expressed in this email are those of the author and are almost
definitely not shared by the Apache Software Foundation, its board or its
general membership.  In fact they probably most definitively disagree with
everything espoused in the above email.
> From: "Ryan Ackley" <ryana@softartisans.com>
> Reply-To: "POI Developers List" <poi-dev@jakarta.apache.org>
> Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 17:50:20 -0400
> To: <poi-user@jakarta.apache.org>, <poi-dev@jakarta.apache.org>
> Subject: Leaving POI
> All,
> I have taken a new job with a company called SoftArtisans
> (http://www.softartisans.com). They develop OfficeWriter, a Java/.NET
> product for designing and delivering reports in Excel and Word
> (http://officewriter.softartisans.com/officewriter-240.aspx). So in a
> nutshell, I will be continuing to work on HWPF but it will be integrated
> with SoftArtisans OfficeWriter product line and it will be a commercial,
> for-sale, non-opensource product. They have also licensed the file
> formats from Microsoft. So this means I will *never* be able to
> contribute to HWPF development again.
> The contributions that I have already made to POI will always be a part
> of Apache and I hope that you find them useful. An article that Avik and
> I wrote will be appearing in the August issue of Java Developer's
> Journal and it covers the capabilities of the existing codebase of HWPF
> in CVS. 
> It is very important to mention that SoftArtisans is committed to the
> Java community. They support me continuing to work on open source
> projects that do not directly compete with their commercial products. I
> am looking forward to following other interests in the java open source
> community that I haven't had the opportunity to participate in while
> working on HWPF on my own time.
> There are many of you that have expressed an interest in HWPF over the
> years, I hope you will be interested in paying for a rock-solid
> java/.NET Word library that will support ALL of the features of the file
> format.  At the present time, SoftArtisans offers an impressive
> reporting product that preserves all of the features of Word and Excel.
> Anyway, its been great working with all of you. My new email address
> will be (ryana at softartisans dot com). Look me up sometime. Btw, I no
> longer plan on answering any questions about HWPF unless you are a
> SoftArtisans customer.
> Cheers, 
> -Ryan

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