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Base or Basic?

asked 2017-03-15 11:19:44 +0200

Jamie_Leigh gravatar image

updated 2017-03-15 11:28:53 +0200

Hello everyone,

I'm looking to get into creating some macros using LibreOffice to streamline some processes where I work.

There are a couple of things I feel I should know before I dive in though.

I see a lot of users talking about Base, is base the same as Basic? Is one just an old way of referring to the scripting language that Libreoffice uses? When I go to create a macro in Libreoffice calc it reads as 'LibreOffice Basic'.

I have used VBA in Excel in the past and it has some functions that allowed the macro to navigate around webpages in your browser by searching through the HTML, does Libreoffice Basic/Base has similar functionality.

thank you for your help.


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answered 2017-03-15 11:32:15 +0200

Base is a module (like Calc and Writer) that handles database. It is not the same as Basic (that is scripting language, which is better called StarBasic, to allow for e.g. unambiguous searching).

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Thank you very much.

Jamie_Leigh gravatar imageJamie_Leigh ( 2017-03-15 11:48:22 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-03-15 13:06:37 +0200

peterwt gravatar image

As @Mike Kaganski said Base is the Database Application included in the Libre Office suite of Applications. In the same way that Microsoft Access is the database in Microsoft Office suite.

Basic is the programming language supplied with LO in the same way that Microsoft have VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).

The Basic with LO can be used in all the LO Applications as with VBA in MS Office.

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