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Tom Triolo
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One big advantage that .net may have is the integration of MS Outlook and MS Word, MS etc. Is Java capable of similar integration, or work arounds to make it convenient and seamless for the user?
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Jason Menard
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This might be of some help depending on what you wanted to do:
http://jakarta.apache.org/poi/index.html
 
Tom Triolo
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Thanks, Jason.
I actually did try POI for an application and it worked pretty well. It's a program that concatenates Excel files. So, if there were several Excel files with common fields and a user might want to do a search in Excel, this would enable the user to do a single search. After the concatenation, that is. Or if a user just wanted one Excel file instead of several. However, it has it's limits, since it stores everything in memory until is is done reading, then it writes to the file that the user has chosen. And of course, the more it has to read and write, the more time it takes. I have it as a Java Web Start application if you would like to see/try it. You need Java 1.4 to use it. Here is the URL
ExcelPro
It should prompt for a user name and password. The the app may prompt again. I have set the username and password temporarily to "user", "user".
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It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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