We're considering what reporting tool we should use for new java enterprise applications. (The company doesn't currently have a standard reporting tool). Jasper sounds like good stuff (particularly if used with the assistant tool). Crystal also keeps sticking its head up as an option (not suprisingly), particularly the enterprise edition. I've never used a reporting tool so don't have much of an appreciation of the complexities of report generation. Can anyone who has offer me any advice? What does Crystal give us that jasper won't - except for a big bill! Thanks in advance, Louise
selection of tool may also depend on reporting capabilities desired. if reports are going to be simple in format and data, velocity templates may fit the need. I have used JasperReports on one assignment. It proved to be good solution. On negative side, 1. dynamic layout (programmatic support but bit tedious) 2. charting capabilities (relies on other open source) 3. drill down (master-detail) The design tool for JR are still evolving. Noteworty are JasperPal, iReport, JasperEdit. Best luck.
The Business Objects Licence is about 1/2 mill $ /year. The iReport is a great WSYWIG tool based on JasperReports framework that any analysit can use with about 1% of Java knowlage. And if you worried about support you can get if though JBoss federation.
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