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What is the market like for custom apps or scripts using the OpenOffice.org API? I started delving into it a while back. I found it a fairly painful environment to work in. Is there any demand for this skill set? I might keep at it if it seemed like there was money to be made.

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Just a side note, OpenOffice.org is being forked by the community as Libre Office –  Brandon Wamboldt Oct 26 '10 at 1:10
@Rogue: Yeah, it will be interesting if they end up putting a lot of work into it. There are certainly plenty of things to be done :) –  intuited Oct 26 '10 at 9:30
@Peter Boughton: Should I interpret your removal of the [basic] tag as advice to avoid OOBasic? –  intuited Oct 26 '10 at 9:33
Sorry, I thought you had tagged it as 'basic' as in 'simple' - never encountered OO BASIC in my experiences with OO, so wasn't aware it existed. I've restored the tag. –  Peter Boughton Oct 26 '10 at 11:09
Also, it might be worth extending the question a little in this direction - Python skills are going to be transferable to a lot of other apps, whilst with OO Basic you're limited to OO and any VB-based apps - which may affect how far the skill set is worth expanding? –  Peter Boughton Oct 26 '10 at 11:13

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My suspicion is that it's virtually non-existant.

In large part this is because Microsoft Office still reigns supreme in the enterprise. Beyond that though those companies who do us OO will likely either be of a technical bent and therefore carry out such work themselves, or us OO for reasons of cost and are therefore unlikely to have budget for such things.

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I've heard rumours of contracts being available with governments, particularly those in Europe, which have switched over to using OOo. I can't seem to find much in the way of advertisement for these posts, but wouldn't necessarily expect them to be well-advertised. –  intuited Nov 22 '10 at 1:51

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