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Book Details

ISBN 139781847198082
Paperback368 pages

About This Book


  • 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

Who This Book Is For

If you are a Java developer who wants to create rich reports for either the Web or print, and wants to get started quickly with JasperReports to do this, this book is for you. No knowledge of JasperReports is presumed.

Table of Contents

Chapter 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
Chapter 2: Adding Reporting Capabilities to our Java Applications
Downloading JasperReports
JasperReports class library
Chapter 3: Creating your First Report
Creating a JRXML report template
Creating a binary report template
Generating the report
Elements of a JRXML report template
Chapter 4: Creating Dynamic Reports from Databases
Database for our reports
Generating database reports
Chapter 5: Working with Other Datasources
Empty datasources
Map datasources
Java objects as datasources
TableModels as datasources
XML datasources
CSV datasources
Custom datasources
Chapter 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
Chapter 7: Adding Charts and Graphics to Reports
Adding geometrical shapes to a report
Adding images to a report
Adding charts to a report
Chapter 8: Other JasperReports Features
Report localization
Adding hyperlinks and anchors to reports
Handling very large reports
Chapter 9: Exporting to Other Formats
Exporting overview
Exporting to PDF
Exporting to RTF
Exporting to ODT
Exporting to Excel
Exporting to HTML
Exporting to XML
Exporting to CSV
Exporting to plain text
Directing HTML reports to a browser
Chapter 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
Chapter 11: Integrating JasperReportswith Other Frameworks
Integrating JasperReports with Hibernate
Integrating JasperReports with JPA
Integrating JasperReports with Spring
Integrating JasperReports with JSF
Integrating JasperReports with Struts

What You Will Learn


  • Overview of JasperReports, and what it can do for you
  • Significantly reduce your report design time by using the iReport report designer
  • Add reporting capabilities to your Java applications
  • Learn to ease the task of report navigation by adding hyperlinks, anchors, and bookmarks to your reports
  • Learn techniques to tweak the report layout and design, and add charts and graphics to your report
  • Generate database reports and learn to embed SQL queries into your report definition
  • Work with data sources such as arrays, collections, TableModels, and XML
  • Simplify report designing by using the subreports feature that allows you to extract complex report sections into a separate report
  • Export your reports to PDF, Excel spreadsheet, or Word document format, and direct HTML reports to a browser
  • Integrate JasperReports with Java frameworks like Spring, Java Server Faces, Struts, and Hibernate

In Detail

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.


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