Today is my 40th birthday. I think this is a good moment for a little present. Today we release the first version of POI 4 XPages. A powerfull extension for the XPages community. I started developing this project in august 2012 focussed on the 4th DeveloperContest. But as a lucky guy, my boss nominated for the position as one of the OpenNTF Directors and they community voted for me.
The contest changed my role in this project. As a director you are not allowed to contribute projects for the contest. But our plans to release our POI 4 XPages extension where still intact. The pressure form the contest was gone,but some short demonstrations to customers showed us the high value. So some of our team asked: “Why contributing POI 4 XPages – its so powerfull, it’s so handy and it’s such a strong work – Let us sell this piece of work”.
The answer was very simple: You have just given all the reasons, why we should opensource this project!”
So on my 40th birthday I can give the developer community a powerful extension. Generating Word and Excel Files out of XPages was never easier. The groundbreaking work was done by the Apache POI team, our job was to bring this in the XPages Developer Framework.
So I hope that every XPage developer enjoy this.