Our fundamental issue with JasperReports has always been that Jasper seems to have taken paper reports as its starting point and worked to replicate them on the web. This complaint while mitigated in JSS, is still present. While this works, the workflow is relatively complex and requires a fair amount of effort to link the TOC to the hand built bookmarks in the other sub-reports.
Despite this fundamental issue, we feel that JSS is a significant step forward addressing many of the issues that we found with iReport. All indications are that Jaspersoft will continue the progress towards a better report design tool with JSS.
JSS is available as both a stand-alone application or as an Eclipse update, available on the Eclipse Marketplace.
Jaspersoft has done a nice job integrating JSS into the Eclipse framework, providing an interface that retains many of iReports best features, while leveraging the now ubiquitous Eclipse UI experience. More importantly, JSS has added a number of well designed dialogs Eclipse views that allow a report developer to fine tune the properties of the controls within a report.
Like BIRT, Jaspersoft's dialogs help guide report developers to the properties that they want to control. This is a significant improvement over Pentaho which lumps all of the properties for a control into a single grid structure. Figure 2 — Screenshot of the Jaspersoft Studio Interface. JSS has much of the same functionality as the other report designers, as demonstrated by our Product Comparison Matrix.
The limitations of the pixel positioning approach have been mitigate by the introduction of a Table element within JSS. JasperReports rely on sub-reports to support reports with multiple queries and data sources. The JSS report designer is a solid tool that has seen steady refinement since its introduction in and is capable of producing fairly complex report designs. However, it can be difficult to use and the learning curve is steep. This means drawing your own tables, handling borders and formatting for each cell individually instead of for the table as a whole.
This makes things especially tedious if you want to add, delete, or reorder columns. So, for example, if you want a report to look good when printed on an 8. Also, like Pentaho, Jasper is very dependent on sub-reports. While sub-reports are great for re-using report pieces across many different reports, requiring sub-reports for the above use cases adds unnecessary difficulty and complexity to the report design process: You need to gracefully hand parameters and sometimes query data between the master report and sub-report and sub-sub-report, etc.
Report developers need to manually manage the dependency between the master report and sub-report files. Too many sub-reports can result in very poor performance because each sub-report opens its own database connection, thread, and queries. So, for example, if you have a sub-report within a group section that expands into 70 different groups, then the sub-report will run 70 times, opening up a new database connection each time.
This means that report developers must have the entire Java SDK installed. Compilation also adds an extra step to the process of deploying reports. Since the compiled Jasper report executables are Java byte-code, revision control is difficult since it is impossible to identify the differences between versions of a binary file. While both BIRT and Pentaho have this functionality, Jasper seems to have the best interface that really encourages this type of data acquisition.
This is particularly for cases where you have an application that has a Java data abstraction layer. Rather than query the underlying database, and having to recreate any business logic in the data abstraction layer, your app can simply pass the data to the JasperReports runtime.
JasperAssistant in its turn gives you a professional designer that is able to save you a great amount of development time. Combine the two, and you get an accessible reporting solution which easily matches many high-priced commercial counterparts. Benefits Design and layout your reports using an intuitive visual interface and avoid the need for XML editing of JasperReports templates.
Efficiently locate and correct report problems using precise error indications. JasperAssistant is a tool of choice of the JasperReports Team. All the samples coming with the JasperReports distribution are designed and tested using our report designer!
For this reason they are two manuals for iReport. The new development direction was taken for a lot of reasons. But this is the right direction But What's JasperReports? It is developed by a small big genius called Teodor Danciu. JasperReports has always had one lack: it don't provide an adapted tool to visually desing reports.
This makes things especially tedious if you want to add, delete, or reorder columns. Benefits Design and layout your reports using an intuitive visual interface and avoid the need for XML editing of JasperReports templates.
JasperAssistant is a tool of choice of the JasperReports Team. First, you pick the chart type from the big diagram below. However, for the typical, average complexity report development project that does not require a report server, we believe that BIRT is likely to be more usable and able to produce more types of reports without resorting to custom code. We launched two new versions of our flagship product, JasperReports Server: v5. Selection of individual properties to create a uniform chart type would grow quite tedious for developers that are implementing a large number of charts. From the version 0.
We believe that if printed report output is required and important, that JasperReports is likely to be the best choice.
In particular, management of table joins is difficult and switching between modes e. While both BIRT and Pentaho have this functionality, Jasper seems to have the best interface that really encourages this type of data acquisition. Charting JSS like Pentaho uses JFreeChart as the charting engine in the community product the commercial product provides additional charting engines. JSS has a theme editor that allows developers to configure a large number of properties and then see the result a large selection of sample reports. Jaspersoft has done a nice job integrating JSS into the Eclipse framework, providing an interface that retains many of iReports best features, while leveraging the now ubiquitous Eclipse UI experience.
Also, like Pentaho, Jasper is very dependent on sub-reports. JasperAssistant opens for you the door to the best open-source reporting engine available - JasperReports. You can drag and drop report parameters from the report outline view into the designer and they automagically transform into adequate text fields. The wizard then prompts you to 1 select a dataset, or sub-dataset, to populate the report, and 2 specify which data fields that identify the series displayed in the chart and which are to be the data values, and out pops a chart. While still early, it does not appear that the acquisition will cause any major disruption to Jaspersoft's commitment to open source software. Like BIRT, Jaspersoft's dialogs help guide report developers to the properties that they want to control.
Sub-Reports JasperReports, like Pentaho, is very dependent on sub-reports. As iReport is work in progress, the manual gets updated frequently if I have sufficent time. It is distributed using Apache Tomcat, but can use any Java application server.
Sub-Reports JasperReports, like Pentaho, is very dependent on sub-reports. Benefits Design and layout your reports using an intuitive visual interface and avoid the need for XML editing of JasperReports templates. All indications are that Jaspersoft will continue the progress towards a better report design tool with JSS. JasperReports offers you a free reporting library for your commercial and non-commercial Java projects with no deployment or any other fees.
JasperReports has always had one lack: it don't provide an adapted tool to visually desing reports.