"Reports, creating them, running them, distributing them - are the bane of every developers, users, and administrators existence. But people LOVE their reports. "
Adam Williams gave us a look at Open Source Open Reports. He passed around a sample report to show what level of output can be generated from a variety of database sources. We heard about application installation and the associated programs, Tomcat and Apache. Next we saw how you build a report and what options are available. The print job scheduler sounds cool.
"Open Reports is the Open Source answer to reporting. Using the renowned Jasper reports format and libraries Open Reports provides a power report server that runs reports on the server side, while letting you develop reports in a client-side GUI assemble-it manner. And not just any reports, but beautiful and colorful reports."
"Open Reports is a Java server combined with Tomcat and Apache. iReport is a Java GUI application for building simple or very sophisticated reports."
"Output can be delivered right to a user's browser window as PDF, to their desktop as XLS, or as plain old CSV - all from the same report. Access to reports can be restricted (on the server!) to certain users and groups - and just for kicks a powerful scheduler is built in too."