Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jul 2007 22:49 UTC
Features, Office "'Siag, it sucks less!' This is the slogan for Siag Office. This and the self-effacing name for the Siag Office Word Processor, Pathetic Writer, might leave you thinking that this office suite is a mere plaything, a university student's cobbled-together programming assignment. But don't be fooled by first impressions. Siag Office is a lightweight suite of applications which might be just the right set of office tools for you, especially if you have older hardware."
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RE[4]: Slow news day?
by BryanFeeney on Wed 11th Jul 2007 20:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Slow news day?"
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I'll admit, I'm not a coder myself, but I would tend to think that...

Translation: "I'll admit, I don't know what I'm talking about, but despite my own admission of ignorance I'm going to offer a view anyway..."

Reminds me why I stopped posting on this site.

Incidentally, the reasons were
(a) OpenOffice is built on its own custom platform independence library, which means it's practically written in its own programming language
(b) There are (or at least used to be) very little comments
(c) All the comments are (or at least used to be) written in German
(d) The code for reading in files was very tightly coupled with OpenOffice's method for handling documents: consequently you had to be an expert on OpenOffice's file format, and how it managed documents to understand how it read in Microsoft files

People who were coders made a major attempt to "rip out the import filters" back when OpenOffice was opened up, and they all had to admit defeat, even those who spoke German were stumped by the alien, tightly coupled (a bad thing) code-base

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