The data types in the API reference are UNO types which have to be mapped to the types of any programming language that can be used with the OpenOffice.org API. In First Steps the most important UNO types were introduced. However, there is much more to be said about simple types, interfaces, properties and services in UNO. There are special flags, conditions and relationships between these entities which you will want to know if you are working with UNO on a professional level.
This section explains the types of the API reference from the perspective of a developer who wants to use the OpenOffice.org API. If you are interested in writing your own components, and you must define new interfaces and types, please refer to the chapter Writing UNO Components, which describes how to write your own UNOIDL specifications and how to create UNO components.
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