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Pentaho 5.0 Reporting by Example Beginner’s Guide by Dario R. Bernabeu, Mariano García Mattío

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Main features of Pentaho Report Designer

The following are some of PRD's principal characteristics:

  • Reporting algorithm: PRD avoids compiling reports, a method that other reporting tools use, and combining the report layout with data as it is acquired. Initially, the algorithm calculates and determines how to separate the data into groups, subgroups, and so on, and calculates the height, width, position, and style of the elements (text, images, and so on); later, the data is placed where it belongs in order to obtain the desired output.
  • Diverse data sources: This includes JDBC (this allows access to most databases), Pentaho Metadata, Pentaho Data Integration, OLAP, XML, in-line table, Sequence Generator, Query Scripting, Java Method Invocation, ...

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