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LinuxWorld: Suite nothing: The [Applixware Office] parts are more than the sum

Jun 09, 2000, 21:41 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"This suite is far more than it appears to be. And that's a good thing, because it appears to be quite lame. ... The key to understanding the value of Applixware is to think of Applixware Office not as a suite of limited applications, but as a nearly limitless repository of features that have been preassembled into a few sample applications."

"The glue that melds Applixware Office's features together into coherent applications is an object-oriented macro programming language called ELF (Extension Language Facility). The entire Applixware Office user interface has been built using the ELF macro language (see Resources for a link to learn about and download ELF)."

"Armed with ELF, the powerful application development tools that come with the suite, and some programming skills, you can make Applixware Office do just about anything imaginable. With a little ambition, it is a simple matter to add all the usability features that are missing. With a moderate amount of ambition, you could tailor Applixware to precisely meet the needs of your business. And with a lot of ambition, you could build entirely new applications that hardly resemble the ones you get in the box."

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