But should a casual user of OpenOffice really need to have a degree in these fields to use OpenOffice at a slightly higher level (such as writing macros)?
The oO API is complicated, so writing macro code is not something a "casual user" would likely tackle.
Do you have a starting point of reference regarding "knowing the basic parts" (of the api)? Thank you for getting me pointed in the right direction!
Andrew Pitonyak's book “OpenOffice.org Macros Explained” is available as a free download fromhttp://www.pitonyak.org/oo.php
Also look for his “Database Macros” download
There is another book "Database Programming with OpenOffice.org Base & Basic" that I find helpful, but it isn't free.http://www.baseprogramming.com/
Also look through the Base Tutorials
and Code Snippets
areas for macro examples.
To do much macro programming you will need object inspection tool. https://forum.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=74&t=49294
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