Reporting in Oracle APEX<br />Patrick Hellemans – Competence Manager Technology<br />Geert Guldentops – Oracle APEX Soluti...
Agenda<br />Reportingpossibilities<br />SWOT analysis<br />Demo<br />Conclusion<br />Q&A<br />
Reportingpossibilities in APEX<br />
Cluster 1 – PL/SQL<br />PL/PDF<br />License fee $600<br />Supportedformats: PDF<br />Documents are buildusing PL/SQL<br />...
Cluster 1 – PL/SQL<br />SQL WORD<br />Documents are buildusing PL/SQL and ‘scriplets’ <br />	 (Oracle PL/SQL Server Pages)...
SQL Word - architecture<br />Database<br />Oracle HTTP Server<br />mod_plsql<br />
Cluster 2 – Apache FOP<br />Apache FOP (FormattingObjects Processor)<br />Free Open Sourcelicense<br />Supported formats: ...
Apache FOP - architecture<br />
Cluster 2 – Apache FOP<br />Oracle BI Publisher<br />Documents are built in Microsoft Word<br />Supported formats: PDF, RT...
Oracle BI Publisher - architecture<br />
Cluster 3 – JasperReports<br />JasperReports<br />Free Open SourceLicense<br />Supportedformats: PDF, HTML, Microsoft Exce...
JasperReports - architecture<br />								       (XLS)<br />JFreeCharts<br />								    (Charts)<br />itext<br />(PDF or ...
Best buy ?<br />
Demo<br />Configuration<br />Development<br />
Conclusion<br />Oracle solution => Oracle BI Publisher 11g<br />Easy to use<br />Lots of output formats<br />Uses the Orac...
Conclusion<br />Open sourcealternative => JasperReports<br />Suitablealternativefor most reports<br />Open source and free...
Q&A <br />patrick.hellemans@interaccess.be - geert.guldentops@interaccess.be<br />
Inter Access OBUG 2011-05-24 Reporting in Oracle APEX
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Inter Access Belgium presentation about the possibilities regarding reporting in Oracle APEX, presented at the OBUG APEX SIG on may 24 2011, at Oracle Vilvoorde, Belgium.

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Inter Access OBUG 2011-05-24 Reporting in Oracle APEX

  1. 1. Reporting in Oracle APEX<br />Patrick Hellemans – Competence Manager Technology<br />Geert Guldentops – Oracle APEX SolutionEngineer<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Reportingpossibilities<br />SWOT analysis<br />Demo<br />Conclusion<br />Q&A<br />
  3. 3. Reportingpossibilities in APEX<br />
  4. 4. Cluster 1 – PL/SQL<br />PL/PDF<br />License fee $600<br />Supportedformats: PDF<br />Documents are buildusing PL/SQL<br />Integratedwith the Oracle database<br />A lot of custom PL/SQL code is needed to createdocuments<br />
  5. 5. Cluster 1 – PL/SQL<br />SQL WORD<br />Documents are buildusing PL/SQL and ‘scriplets’ <br /> (Oracle PL/SQL Server Pages) in SQLWordDeveloper<br />Supportedformats: RTF<br />License fee ???<br />Runs on Oracle HTTP Server withmod_plsql<br />Outdated architecture<br />
  6. 6. SQL Word - architecture<br />Database<br />Oracle HTTP Server<br />mod_plsql<br />
  7. 7. Cluster 2 – Apache FOP<br />Apache FOP (FormattingObjects Processor)<br />Free Open Sourcelicense<br />Supported formats: PDF, RTF, XML and TXT<br />Documents are build in XML and XSL-FO<br />Usesan XML basedstandardwhichcouldbeused in othertechnologies<br />Runs on most application servers (Tomcat, Glassfish, etc.)<br />XSL-FO enablessolutionsforproblemswhich are impossible to solve in othertechnologies (e.g.: Dynamic columns in a table)<br />RTF2FO canbeused to convert a word document to XSL-FO formatwhichspeeds up initialdevelopment time<br />A lot of custom coding is required to create and adjustdocuments<br />Standard FOP librariesneed to bechangedsoitcanbecalledfrom<br /> Oracle APEX<br />
  8. 8. Apache FOP - architecture<br />
  9. 9. Cluster 2 – Apache FOP<br />Oracle BI Publisher<br />Documents are built in Microsoft Word<br />Supported formats: PDF, RTF, Microsoft Excel and HTML<br />Runs on Oracle Weblogic Server<br />Easy to use, even forend-users<br />Easy to integratewith Oracle APEX<br />License fee € 36.308 + € 7.987,72 maintenance per year<br />
  10. 10. Oracle BI Publisher - architecture<br />
  11. 11. Cluster 3 – JasperReports<br />JasperReports<br />Free Open SourceLicense<br />Supportedformats: PDF, HTML, Microsoft Excel, RTF, ODT, CSV and XML<br />Documents are build in IReportusing Java and Groovy<br />Runs onJasperServer, a webapplicationwhichcanbeinstalledonanyapplication server<br />Relatively easy to create and adjustdocumentsusingIReport<br />Easy to integratewith Oracle APEX<br />Advanced features (eg. dynamic columns) notsupported<br />Knowledge of Java & Groovymightbecomenecessary<br />
  12. 12. JasperReports - architecture<br /> (XLS)<br />JFreeCharts<br /> (Charts)<br />itext<br />(PDF or RTF)<br />Report Design<br />Reporting Tool<br />
  13. 13. Best buy ?<br />
  14. 14. Demo<br />Configuration<br />Development<br />
  15. 15. Conclusion<br />Oracle solution => Oracle BI Publisher 11g<br />Easy to use<br />Lots of output formats<br />Uses the Oracle Weblogic platform<br />Comes with OBI<br />Goodintegrationwith APEX<br />License fee<br />
  16. 16. Conclusion<br />Open sourcealternative => JasperReports<br />Suitablealternativefor most reports<br />Open source and free to use<br />JasperReports server<br />Goodintegrationwith APEX<br />Good report designer<br />Notfor end users<br />Additionalknowledge of Java mightbecomenecessary<br />
  17. 17. Q&A <br />patrick.hellemans@interaccess.be - geert.guldentops@interaccess.be<br />

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