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 OpenOffice.org and derivatives such as LibreOffice (where it is known as LibreOffice Basic).

Example[edit]

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("com.sun.star.text.TextDocument") 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("com.sun.star.text.Paragraph") Then
            Count = Count + 1
        End If
    Wend
'Display result
    MsgBox Count, 0, "Paragraph Count"
End Sub

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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

External links[edit]

BASIC Macros
OpenOffice.org API