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SWT Excel [message #467431] Tue, 31 January 2006 09:40 Go to next message
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Originally posted by: viele.esiee.fr

I am wondering why I can't find any plug-ins to integrate MS Office in the
Eclipse platform in the same way that it has been done for Open Office.
Does anybody have any opinion on this topic? (Why isn't there yet
integration plug-ins for the MS Office suite?)

I tried to look in the archives where I could find some hints about using
the SWT OLE framework to interface with microsoft applications, and tried
to do it for myself but couldn't achieve much (I'm a beginner with
Eclipse). I am particularly interested in getting Excel to run on the
Eclipse platform.

I also saw that other users were also having various kind of trouble
trying to make office applications run properly with the OLE framework. So
I was speculating that no plugins were developped yet because the SWT OLE
solution wasn't fully functional yet. Is this the case? Or was it simply
because nobody was interested enough in developing such a plug-in?

Thanks in advance for any tips or answers on this question
Re: SWT Excel [message #467444 is a reply to message #467431] Tue, 31 January 2006 15:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jeff Myers is currently offline Jeff MyersFriend
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What sort of functionality are you looking for from an Excel plug-in?
By default on Windows, if you have a Excel file in your workspace, it'll
open up in Excel embedded as an editor within Eclipse.

- Jeff
Re: SWT Excel [message #467488 is a reply to message #467444] Wed, 01 February 2006 00:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Originally posted by: viele.esiee.fr

Thanks for your answer.
What I am trying is to use Excel's GUI to input data to my own Eclipse
plug-in.
I would also like to be able to use the XML exporting functions of Excel,
but I don't know how to make the File menu work when using Excel with SWT.
It seems that this menu is also disabled when opening an .xls file from
withing Eclipse. Is there any way to re-activate it?
Re: SWT Excel [message #467600 is a reply to message #467488] Wed, 01 February 2006 18:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jeff Myers is currently offline Jeff MyersFriend
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Emeric,

I don't know of any Excel capabilities beyond what's given when opening
an xls file. Perhaps you should do a search on
http://www.eclipse-plugins.info/ to see if anything interesting comes up.

- Jeff
Re: SWT Excel [message #467833 is a reply to message #467600] Tue, 07 February 2006 15:22 Go to previous message
Veronika Irvine is currently offline Veronika IrvineFriend
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There is an article on ActiveX integration in SWT, this is what is used when
embedding Excel when you open an editor:

http://www.eclipse.org/articles/Article-ActiveX%20Support%20 in%20SWT/ActiveX%20Support%20in%20SWT.html

The eclipse editor does not make any use of interacting with the OLE
automation features because it is a vanilla implementation. However, you
can talk to Excel.

See also:

http://dev.eclipse.org/viewcvs/index.cgi/%7Echeckout%7E/org. eclipse.swt.snippets/src/org/eclipse/swt/snippets/Snippet199 .java
http://dev.eclipse.org/viewcvs/index.cgi/%7Echeckout%7E/org. eclipse.swt.snippets/src/org/eclipse/swt/snippets/Snippet186 .java


"Jeff Myers" <jeff.myers@eclipse.org> wrote in message
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> Emeric,
>
> I don't know of any Excel capabilities beyond what's given when opening an
> xls file. Perhaps you should do a search on
> http://www.eclipse-plugins.info/ to see if anything interesting comes up.
>
> - Jeff
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