Re: Becoming part of Gnome Office

On Mon, 2002-12-30 at 18:31, Brian Bruns wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm working on an application that I would like to become integrated with 
> Gnome Office.  It's the graphical component of MDB Tools, which for those 
> who haven't heard of it is a reverse engineering effort for MS Access 
> databases (mdb files).  I've recently spent time porting it from 
> Gtk-only/Gnome 1.x to Gnome 2.0 and converting over to using libglade.  A 
> screen shot can be seen at 
> [132K]

> to give you a rough idea of what it does.  But, in general, it's a tool 
> for dealing with Access databases under linux/*nix, which is something 
> currently missing from all the open office suites.
> So, my questions...What does it take to become part of Gnome Office, what 
> types of things should be implemented wrt bonobo, gnome-print, et al?
> One last thing, this is not any kind of competition with Gnome-DB, indeed 
> Gnome-DB access providers will use the libmdb from MDB Tools.  This 
> application is intended for making use of legacy data in MDB format.  
> Right now support is limited to read-only catalog, table data and schema 
> information, but I'll be adding write support, exporting of Access forms 
> to Glade XML format, doing something with the embeded VBA script and Gnome 
> Basic (TBD), and other very specific Access things that Gnome-DB will 
> never support being a general solution.
I (and the whole gnome-db project) don't see gmdb as competition , but I
think you should see us as competition, since as we progress, we add
more and more features to cover most features in most DBMS. So, although
I think we would never cover 100% of access features, most of them might
be covered, which could (I hope not) make you lose some users.

Anyway, as things stand now, gmdb is the best thing by far for MS Access
databases on *nix, so you don't have to worry for now :-)


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