jExcel: Project completed

The jExcel library today announced the release of their new version 4. It was developed using financing provided by FDL, making it the first completion of an FDL sponsored project.

Paris, April 29th, 2020 - The jExcel library today announced the release of their new version 4. It was developed using financing provided by FDL, making it the first completion of an FDL sponsored project.

The jExcel library maintainer today announced the forthcoming release jExcelv4, also marking the completion of the first project sponsored by FDL. The financing was provided through a donation from Nexedi, which was looking for several key features to better intregrate jExcel within its ERP5 and OfficeJS applications. The new release of the open source version now includes support for multiple tabs/workbooks, colomn resize, remote updates via JSON, better cell highlighting and a host of additional features further bolstering its position as the goto solution for displaying spreadsheet data on the web.

Jean-Paul Smets, CEO of Nexedi: "We are very happy to see this update and project completed and have our staff already working on integration of the latest version of jExcel. The financing through FDL also demonstrates how companies can partially offset the cost of sponsoring the development of specific features in ubitiquous open source software solutions of general interest. This model has multiple winners: Open source software publishers receive vital financing to improve their solutions, while we as Nexedi benefit from key features being added to libraries we use every day. And as an open source library, these improvements are also made available to the wider public, increasing the usability for all Jexcel users. If other users of software followed this model, the open source and free software publisher ecosystem would greatly benefit as a whole. "

Sven Franck, CEO of FDL: "JExcel was a great first project to undertake and 'get our feets wet' in actually following through with the complete submission, committee validation and approval process of a project. We're very happy with the outcome and can only invite other companies to follow suit - we need a stronger ecosystem of open source software publishers in Europe and free and open source software is one area, where vehciles like FDL can make a difference for individual publishers, small and medium enterprises using open source software, and the European open source software publisher ecosystem in general."



About FDL

FDL (Fonds de Dotation du Libre) is a french non-profit organisation to sponsor both the long term maintenance of essential free software as well as the short-term feature development - handled through it's sister association AWL (Association pour un Web Libre). Both associations aim to use tax breaks for donations made to general use and essential open source software to fill the gap between public R&D funding and private system integration funding. 

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About jExcel

jExcel is a lightweight vanilla javascript library for creating web based spreadsheets. It aims to recreate key functionality of desktop spreadsheet applications on the browser. With around 5000 stars on Github it is one of the most used open-source spreedsheet libraries on the web. jExcel is developed and maintained by Paul Hodel. 

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About Nexedi

Nexedi is the largest publisher of Open Source / Free Software in Europe with 15 million lines of original source code. Nexedi enterprise software portfolio covers business applications (ERP5), edge cloud computing (SlapOS), big data (Wendelin), distributed transactional NoSQL database (NEO), HTML5 productivity (OfficeJS), progressive offline web applications (RenderJS, JIO), software defined resilient networking (re6st), devops (Webrunner) and multimedia conversion (cloudooo). With presence in Europe, Asia and Americas, Nexedi addresses a wide range of industries ranging from aerospace, automotive, banking, telecommunication, healthcare to government sectors. The Free Software nature of Nexedi solutions eliminates licensing costs, provides full freedom to update or customise the system as business requirements change and allows corporations to capitalise on their know how without vendor lock-in. Nexedi provides 24/7 support to corporations and governments wishing to migrate their mission critical applications to Free Software solutions. 

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