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Suhel Sayyed
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Hello all,

In our existing application we have over 100 different types of reports, which are generated through the combination of Elixir reporting tool & core Java. This tool was purchased by our client way back in 2004. Upgrading Elixir reporting tool to latest version will need lot of code change.

What we are planning is to migrate all reports to iText PDF reports and get rid of Elixir reporting tool. Though I have generated couple of reports in iText, I have never designed application for large number of reports.

Could you please suggest how should I proceed with the design, what should my framework look like with respect to interfaces, abstract classes etc. Any help would be appreciated.
 
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My first question would be: if you have used a reporting tool so far, why do you want to migrate to something much lower-level (meaning, developing the reports yourself) now? A tool like JasperReport can save a lot of work that way.
 
Suhel Sayyed
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Ulf Dittmer wrote:My first question would be: if you have used a reporting tool so far, why do you want to migrate to something much lower-level (meaning, developing the reports yourself) now? A tool like JasperReport can save a lot of work that way.


I agree with your point but the problem with Elixir tool is that reports are very cumbersome and inferior in look and feel as compared to what iText would provide. Moreover since Elixir is a paid tool, client wants to migrate reports to some open source tool.

Is Jasper an open source tool? If yes, can you please share some useful links related to it?
 
Ulf Dittmer
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You can find some introductory stuff linked here: https://www.coderanch.com/how-to/java/OtherOpenSourceProjectsFaq. And, of course, Google is your friend.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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