Create, Design, Format, and Export Reports with the world's most popular Java reporting library
Create better, smarter, and more professional reports using comprehensive and proven methods
Group scattered data into meaningful reports, and make the reports appealing by adding charts and graphics
Discover techniques to integrate with Hibernate, Spring, JSF, and Struts, and to export to different file formats
Written in a lucid and practical manner, this book introduces you to JasperReports and gets you creating complex and elegant reports
Do you want to create easily understood, professional, and powerful reports from disordered, scattered data using a free, open source Java class library? If your answer is yes, this book on JasperReports is what you are looking for. JasperReports is the world's most popular embeddable Java open source reporting library, providing Java developers with the power to easily create rich print and web reports.
The book has been fully updated to use JasperReports 3.5, the latest version of JasperReports. Previously accepted techniques that have now been deprecated have been replaced with their modern counterparts. All examples in the book have been updated to use XML schemas for report templates. Coverage of new data sources that JasperReports now supports has been added to the book. Additionally, JasperReports can now export reports to even more formats than before and exporting reports to these new formats is covered in this new edition of the book.
This book shows you exactly how to get started, and develop the skills to get the most from JasperReports. It introduces you to the latest version of JasperReports, and gets you creating complex and elegant reports.
The book steers you through each point of report setup, to creating, designing, formatting, and exporting reports with data from a wide range of data sources, and integrating JasperReports with other Java frameworks.
Starting with the basics of adding reporting capabilities to your application and creating report templates, you will first see how to produce your reports through the use of JRXML files, custom ANT targets, and then preview them in both the web browser and the native browser of JasperReports.
Getting data into your reports is the next step, and you will see how to get data from a range of data sources, not only databases, but XML files, and Java Objects, among others.
You will create better looking reports with formatting and grouping, as well as adding graphical elements to your reports. You will export your reports to a range of different formats, including PDF and XML.
Creating reports will be made even easier with a walkthrough of the iReport Designer visual designing tool. To round things off, you will see how to integrate your reports with other Java frameworks, using Spring or Hibernate to get data for the report, and Java Server Faces or Struts for presenting the report.
All examples have been updated to use XML schemas. New export formats, such as OpenDocument Text, and new data sources now supported by JasperReports are now covered in this updated edition.
Table of Contents
JasperReports 3.5 for Java Developers
- JasperReports 3.5 for Java Developers
- About the Author
- About the Reviewers
1. An Overview of JasperReports
- A brief history of JasperReports
- What exactly is JasperReports?
- The features of JasperReports
- Class library dependencies
- Typical workflow
- Where to get help
2. Adding Reporting Capabilities to our Java Applications
- Downloading JasperReports
- JasperReports class library
3. Creating your First Report
- Creating a JRXML report template
- Creating a binary report template
- Generating the report
- Elements of a JRXML report template
- 4. Creating Dynamic Reports from Databases
- 5. Working with Other Datasources
6. Report Layout and Design
- Controlling report-wide layout properties
- Setting text properties
- Setting a report's background
- Report expressions
- Adding multiple columns to a report
- Grouping report data
- Report variables
- Stretching text fields to accommodate data
- Laying out report elements
- Setting common element properties
- Hiding repeated values
7. Adding Charts and Graphics to Reports
- Adding geometrical shapes to a report
- Adding images to a report
Adding charts to a report
- Attributes of the <chart> element
- Chart customization
- Chart datasets
- Plotting charts
- Pie charts
- Bar charts
- XY line charts
- Other types of charts
8. Other JasperReports Features
- Report localization
- Adding hyperlinks and anchors to reports
- Handling very large reports
- 9. Exporting to Other Formats
10. Graphical Report Design with iReport
- Obtaining iReport
- Setting up iReport
- Creating a database report in record time
- Creating a report from scratch
- Creating more elaborate reports
- Help and support
- 11. Integrating JasperReports with Other Frameworks
- Title: JasperReports 3.5 for Java Developers
- Release date: August 2009
- Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
- ISBN: 9781847198082