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2017-03-17 02:39:12 +0200 asked a question Macro scripting languages

I can read that LibreOffice supports several macro scripting languages: LibreOffice Basic, JavaScript, BeanShell and Python. (Look for "StarBasic" or "OpenOffice Basic" for more info on LibreOffice Basic). I have a few questions related to that:

  • How come StarOffice, then OpenOffice and later LibreOffice created and maintained their own Basic-related language instead of utilizing already existing programming languages?
  • Why keep a Basic-related language at all when it seems that you can use e.g. Python or JavaScript? Do they have different areas where they work the best, or is it just pure preference of the individual user?
  • Why doesn't LO use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), is it proprietary to MS? Do they want to remain control of the development?
2017-03-01 06:41:24 +0200 answered a question Calc table compatibility with Excel

I've also been looking for this feature, and I can't seem to find it. I know what you mean, but when searching around on the forums there are a lot of people that don't understand the difference between:

  • Inserting a table in Writer - which is merly text formatting
  • Punching in data within the worksheet in Calc and call that a "table"
  • Actual creation/insertion of Table as in formatting/creating an object out of a range of cells so it is easier to manage and analyze this group of related data (MS Excel has this feature)

There are a few old threads also related to this (missing) feature:

Sadly I don't think it is developed yet?