Reporting engines

From: Jon H.
Sent on: Sunday, February 3, 2013 5:50 PM

Does anyone know of an embeddable web based Java reporting engine that supports ajax for e.g. pagination and column sorting?

I used Jasper a while ago but found it old fashioned and clumsy, certainly not ajax, perhaps they have improved it in recent years though.

I also use Pentaho at the moment, but all it really gives you is an API to access reports that you have written in the report designer standalone app - I had to write the pagination and JSP interface myself, plus it's no frills, it just spits out SQL results as an html table!

I would be interested to know if people just use e.g. displaytag and hand write each report as needed, or if writing a custom engine is popular, or if there are other embeddable engines out there.

It is something that in my opinion is strangely lacking; there is jbpm for workflows, Apache commons for utils, axis for web services etc. but nothing modern and "complete" for reporting, even though it is a significant part of most systems.


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