Please consult with the development mailing list.
Starting as mere database access functionality of the other OpenOffice applications, Base has evolved to an own database application. It allows you to access data on an external database of your choice (for instance MySQL, PostgreSQL, and many others), plus bundles the HSQLDB database engine, this way allowing you to kick-start with your own database.
There are various resources here on this page as well as in our Apache OpenOffice Wiki. What are you looking for?
Our Wiki features a whole category dedicated to end-user documentation for OpenOffice Base. There you'll find articles, HowTo's, frequently asked questions (and answers). You might also want to visit the Tutorials category.
As always, you're encouraged to contribute to the Wiki - if you find something is missing, or otherwise have information to share: just add it!
You want to contribute some coding, but don't know where to start? Welcome!
You can browse all issues pertaining to Base. You can also submit Base bugs using Bugzilla.
Additionally, you might find the project structure helpful if you're pursing Base development.
Finally, there is an older list of small to medium self-contained projects for developers, so if you're interested, have a look.
If you have a pet peeve database which currently poorly connects to OpenOffice Base, or some other structured data which you want Base to be able to access (for instance some address book data), writing a dedicated driver might be for you. This is easier than it sounds, as various contributions have proven in the past. Again, our developer mailing lists could be your first stop, and the Base New Driver Tutorial your second one.
- Quality Assurance
We are working hard to make Base perfect, but let's face the truth: we're not there (yet). If you found a bug, or are missing a feature, you can help by describing it in Bugzilla, OpenOffice's bug tracking system.
If you have some more time to spend to make OpenOffice better, consider joining the QA Team.
If you want to have a look a future features before they're available to all others, and help us to make them better before we release them to the wild, visit our Bleeding Edge section.
If you always wanted to know how Base is intended to work, our Specifications section might be for you.