OpenOffice Basic

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Three modern Basic variants: Mono Basic, OpenOffice Basic and Gambas.

OpenOffice Basic (formerly known as StarOffice Basic or StarBasic or OOoBasic) is a dialect of the programming language BASIC that originated with the StarOffice office suite and spread through and derivatives such as LibreOffice (where it is known as LibreOffice Basic).


Although Openoffice Basic itself is similar to other dialects of Basic, such as Microsoft's VBA, the application programming interface (API) is very different, as the example below of a macro illustrates. While there is a much easier way to obtain the "paragraph count" document property, the example shows the fundamental methods for accessing each paragraph in a text document, sequentially.

Sub ParaCount
' Count number of paragraphs in a text document
  Dim Doc As Object, Enum As Object, TextEl As Object, Count As Long
  Doc = ThisComponent
' Is this a text document?
  If Not Doc.SupportsService("") Then
    MsgBox "This macro must be run from a text document", 64, "Error"
    Exit Sub
  End If
  Count = 0
' Examine each component - paragraph or table?
  Enum = Doc.Text.CreateEnumeration
  While Enum.HasMoreElements
    TextEl = Enum.NextElement
' Is the component a paragraph?
    If TextEl.SupportsService("") Then
      Count = Count + 1
     End If
'Display result
  MsgBox Count, 0, "Paragraph Count"
End Sub

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Further reading[edit]

  • Steinberg, James. Open Office Basic: An Introduction. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1481270939. 

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