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Thank you for your reply. You made some excellent points that make sense. JavaScript is one of the 
options that I was considering because I would then be able to use my knowledge for other programs 
that have adopted JavaScript as their macro language of choice (like Google Docs). At the same 
time, I have no desire to jump from macro writing to full programming. I love my profession, but I 
would like to enhance my day to day usage of LibreOffice to save clicks of the mouse and pecks on 
the keyboard. A few basic macros would allow me to add functionality that may not be practical 
features for the LibreOffice programmers to code for releases. I thought it might be best to just 
use StarBasic by studying the materials that Andrew Pitonyak has provided and other sources that I 
highlighted in my first message thinking it might be the fastest way to accomplish the tasks I 
wanted to do.

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on learning JavaScript (also what resources you 
recommend) and using that as my macro language of choice with LibreOffice.

From: Andreas Säger
Sent: Monday, October 5, 2015 1:19 PM
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Re: I Would Like to Learn a Macro Language LO 5.0

Am 04.10.2015 um 07:25 schrieb mowestusa:

Writing macros will be my first programming experience,

This is a huge problem. Starting with UNO and StarBasic is the worst
entry point I can think of. You will have a very hard learning
exprerience because UNO is far too big and too complex for a beginner.
No matter how far you get with UNO and StarBasic, you will not end up as
a programmer.
UNO makes professional programmers cry and StarBasic does not make
anything easier because this language is out of date, buggy, poorly
documented, does not fit into its UNO surrounding, offers a very poor
set of functionality (compared to JavaScript and Pyhon) and it is
totally useless outside its UNO cage. The old literature on Visual Basic
does not apply very well and the existing literature presumes that you
are a (VBA-)programmer already.
This is like learning how to fly in a 747 cockpit (UNO) sitting on a
garden chair (StarBasic) as pilot seat.
Learning object oriented programming with Java, JavaScript or Python is
easy nowadays. Coming back to UNO with certain concepts and tools will
take you much further with less effort.

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