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Obba 3.0: A Java Object Handler for Spreadsheets (for Client/Server Spreadsheet Add-Ins)

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Obba iconObba provides a bridge between spreadsheets and Java classes. With Obba, you can use spreadsheets as GUIs for your Java libraries; turning your Java library to platform independent spreadsheet add-ins. Compatible with Excel/Windows, OpenOffice/Win/Mac/Linux, LibreOffice/Win/Mac/Linux, NeoOffice/Mac.

Its main features are: Obba Diagram
  • Stateful access to almost all objects and methods running in a Java virtual machine via a fixed set of spread sheet functions.
  • Client/server support: The Java virtual machine providing the add-in may run on the same computer or a remote computer - without any change to the spreadsheet.
  • Loading of arbitrary jar or class files at runtime through a spreadsheet function.
  • Instantiation of Java objects, storing the object reference under a given object label.
  • Invocation of methods on objects referenced by their object handle, storing the handle to the result under a given object label.
  • Asynchronous method invocation and tools for synchronization, turning your spreadsheet into a multi-threaded calculation tool.
  • Allows arbitrary number of arguments for constructors or methods (avoids the limitation of the number of arguments for Excel worksheet functions).
  • Serialization and de-serialization (save Serializable objects to a file, restore them any time later).
  • All this though spreadsheet functions, without any additional line of code (no VBA needed, no additional Java code needed).
For a tutorial see Obba tutorial. In this tutorial you create a Java class and a spreadsheet to fetch Stock quotes from
For a more detailed introduction see Obba documentation and Obba home page.

Version 3.0.2 of Obba is a major revision and brings support for running the Java virtual machine references in the spreadsheet on a different machine.

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Christian Fries replied on Sun, 2012/03/25 - 3:08am

If you have / had problems registering the DLL for Excel 2010 64 bit, please update to version 3.0.5 (or better).


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