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
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."
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.
More information: https://fdl-lef.org/
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.
More information: https://bossanova.uk/jexcel/
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.
More information: https://www.nexedi.com