It has been a long time since the last update of PL-jrxml2pdf. In the meantime i received several smaller bugs and enhancement-requests, which are maybe worth a new release of PL-jrxml2pdf.
In addition, Anton Scheffer announced his package AS_barcode, which provides PL/SQL-support for generating various types of barcodes. The package is currently in a beta-state.
Based on that package i integrated support for the barcode-element into PL-jrxml2pdf.
Here's an example how this looks at the moment.
I'll publish a new release as soon as the feature is stable.
I just published a maintenance release of PL-jrxml2pdf with some bugfixes.
After quite a long time without any bigger enhancements i had a little time to implement a new major feature in PL-jrxml2pdf.
You can now use variables e.g. for the calculation of aggregates.
Variables can be used either at report-level or at subdataset-level (e.g. for the usage in tables).
For reset-type and increment-type you can use
- Group (along with the name of the group)
- None (which means "for every record)
As calculation-type the following options are supported:
Here's a screenshot of an example-report-output
Another new feature in the scope of variables is the possibility to "take over" values from a subreport and use it in the main-report.
New chart-type "Stacked-area-chart"
The gallery of possible charts now includes stacked-area-charts.
As always, everything is available on the download-page
Today i released a new version of PL-jrxml2pdf. As a new major feature it includes a first version of the JRXML-generator, which allows the generation of a jrxml-report-definition from an existing APEX-page. Its included in the APEX-part of PL-jrxml2pdf. I'm looking forward for your comments on the new generator.
Additional enhancements in the new version
- Added support for header-cells for crosstabs
- Added new system parameters to allow the usage of custom fonts for standard font-name
- Various performance-enhancements in AS_PDF3_MOD
Today i released the first version of the JRXML-Generator and gave it to certain testers.
The tool currently supports the following region-types:
- HTML-Regions with page-items
- Tabular forms
- Interactive reports (with conditions)
Here is an example of a APEX-page
Its based on DEMO_CUSTOMERS and DEMO_ORDERS.
And this is the result from the generator
I hope to release the generator to the public at the end of the month.
After getting the huge number of 2 (in words two) responses to my idea of writing a JRXML-generator i decided that this is enough to try it.
And 100% of the responses liked the idea to be able to create a report-definition from an APEX-page.
So i build a proof of concept and now have published it on apex.oracle.com
The whole thing is template based, so you can define different templates for different areas of the report.
On the tab JRXML-Generator you can start the generation of a new report. Here you choose for which page the report-definition should be generated. Currently you should use only the pages from the application "Report-generator-examples".To have a look at the layout of these pages you can use this link.
In the following steps you can choose what regions you want to use and which template should be used for the different areas of the report. In the last step the report-definition is generated and stored in the PL-jrxml2pdf-report-table. You are directed to the report-definition-page and can then run the report to see the result. Be sure that you provide the parameter-values if you have generated the report from a detail-page (e.g. P3_CUSTOMER_ID with value 1 if you choose the page Edit Customer).
At the moment this is only a proof of concept, so only certain region and item-types are supported, and also a lot of features is missing. But in my opinion it shows the idea behind.
So, feel free to play around with the generator and templates, i'm curious about the feedback.
I'm currently thinking about writing a generator which creates a JRXML-report-definition from either an Oracle Forms-Module or from an APEX-page (I'm not sure at the moment which one i prefer).
The generator would analyze the module/page, transform the queries into datasets in JRXML, transform the fields into report-fields in JRXML, transform tabular data into a table-layout and finally store the JRXML in the PL-JRXML2PDF-report-definition table. As an add-on the code to call that report could also be generated.
At the moment i'm not sure if this a useful feature or just a "gimmick". Any comments are welcome.
Quite shortly after the last release, but i had a little time to implement some new feature in PL-jrxml2pdf and released a new version on the download-page.
Running two or more reports into one PDF
This was something i already wanted to introduce in an earlier version, but never had the time to. You can now call PL-jrxml2pdf with not just one report-definitions, but as many as you want to. The reports are run one after each other, but the important thing is that they all are concatenated into one single PDF-document. And of course the different reports can have different page-formats/sizes.
You can also control whether the page-numbering starts with 1 for each report or if the numbers are continous over all reports.
Check the new overloaded FK_RUN-function which takes an array of report-names as parameter.
By giving values for the internal parameters $$TITLE$$, $$AUTHOR$$, $$SUBJECT$$, $$KEYWORDS$$ you can fill the PDF-metadata-properties title, author, subject and keywords which are accessible in the properties of the generated pdf.
I added two more chart-types, stacked barcharts and stacked 3D-barcharts.