From last Wednesday I’ve been in a quest to find out a lazy/easy way of producing an ODT document using Python for a project I am working on.
I wanted to use some module, something to make it easy for me… I didn’t find one! I even asked in programming forums and some people told me to use Py-UNO… not quite what I wanted either!

Eventually I gave up and built an ODT myself, based on a blank one I saved with OpenOffice.org. It worked fine but it was looking raw and not optimized since instead of reading the 2,000 page ODF documentation from OASIS I tried to figure it out myself from the xml files of the blank ODT.

So, when I was about to go to bed and dream about my stupid/noob way of generating ODTs I stumbled in a web page that was called, guess what? ODFPY!!!
Believe me, I think I ran through all combinations of the words “python”, “odf”, “odt”, “generate”… in my intense search and I only found the ODFPY page when I was no longer searching for it! Anyway, I put all my work behind my back and got into ODFPY module.

ODFPY is a useful/time sparing module published under GNU LGPL license by OpenDocument Fellowship.

Thanks to the ODFPY folks!

Open Delta aLANtejo 07


Open Delta aLANtejo 07 is going to be the fourth edition of the Portuguese event aLANtejo organized by NEEI (see the About section of this site).
The event consists in a 3 days congress + a LAN party which happens to be the biggest one in Portugal. It will occur in the city of √Čvora in October 19th, 20th and 21st.
The word “Open” is now included in the event’s name because it is the first time that the whole event’s congress will be about FOSS.
Along with it we are organizing the 1st Portuguese Open Source Contest – restricted to Portuguese developers.

In the event there will be some of the world wide famous Linux people (soon to be announced in the event’s web site).
Check out the official website available in Portuguese, English and Spanish at: http://alantejo.uevora.pt