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Can Java be used to write OLE Automation clients?

Posted on 2009-04-01
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I.e. with Visual Basic I can write simple code like

Set objXLApp = CreateObject("Excel.Application")
objXLApp.Visible=True
objXLApp.Quit

or the like.  Can Java do this to?  If so, what would be equivalent Java code to the above?  And what would I need to compile and/or interpret the Java code (i.e. I'd need VB to compile it as an EXE or just write VBScript code and save it as a .vbs file - what would I need for Java?)

Thanks!!!!
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java's Runtime class allows to you execute windows comands, Runtime.getRuntime().exec(). Or an even easier way is Desktop.open(File f).
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If you are happy to run only on Windows, there are OLE Automation libraries for Java. One comes with the free Eclipse SWT library see:

http://download.eclipse.org/eclipse/downloads/documentation/2.0/html/plugins/org.eclipse.platform.doc.isv/reference/api/org/eclipse/swt/ole/win32/OleAutomation.html

It's more complex to use than VB though.

Tim
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