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March-April 2007
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- Jinfonet Announces the April Release of JReport 8.1, the Leading Product for Operational BI
- JReport Tech Tip: Setting up XML connections

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Jinfonet Announces the April Release of JReport 8.1,
the Leading Product for Operational BI

JReport 8.1Jinfonet Software announces the release of JReport 8.1 in April. This new version of the leading 100% Java reporting solution provides many improvements to the product's usability, ad hoc reporting/analysis capabilities, and performance.

JReport Live continues to bring the interactive power of Web 2.0 to reporting users, putting control of report design, format, and distribution into their hands.

Highlights of JReport 8.1 include:
JReport Designer improves the ability to search resources. Developers will be able to develop and maintain reports more efficiently.
JReport Enterprise Server support of LDAP V3. With LDAP V3 protocols, SASL (Simple Authentication and Security Layer) is supported.
New sophisticated report components including rotated objects, charts based on Top N values, and Group By definitions based on user-defined ranges.
Enhanced Excel export control, allowing mapping from report components to cells. You can even organize your data across multiple worksheets.
Enhanced support for Section 508 Standards, providing accessibility to HTML reports.
Ad hoc reporting and analysis with JReport Live is enhanced with report window, labels, warning messages, error messages, and select box values which can be displayed in different languages.
SSL support in standalone server. You can configure JREntServer running in standalone mode to use encryption via SSL, so that the data supplied in the URL request to JREntServer is encrypted and a security warning message no longer appears when the form data is transferred from the calling secure web site to JREntServer.
Reports can now be published directly to FTP sites.
Report rendering performance is improved by 30% for typical reports. The report footprint in memory is also reduced by 25%.
Memory requirements for exporting to Excel are reduced by a factor of 6 for typical reports.
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JReport Tech Tip:
Setting up XML connections

JReport 8 supports XML data sources in the same easy-to-use manner that JDBC data sources are supported. Report developers no longer need to use the proprietary OOJDBC or HDS interfaces to access XML data sources. JReport Designer can parse the schema from XML instances or import them from XSD, and then transform them to relational tables. Once the relational tables are created they can be used in queries just like tables from any other data source:

Catalog Browser showing XML converted to hierarchical tables
Figure 1: Catalog Browser showing XML converted to hierarchical tables

Both types of XML connectionsparsing from XML instances and importing from XSDare defined by using the XML Connection Wizard:

XML Connection Wizard
Figure 2: XML Connection Wizard

To access the XML Connection Wizard, open the Data tab of the Catalog Browser, right-click the Relational node and select Add XML Connection....

The wizard collects the needed information for each schema type. If importing from an XSD file, you will need to specify the starting node of the XML data. If parsing from an XML instance, the starting node is automatically determined by the XML Connection Wizard. The starting node is the root of the XML tree.

Note that the actual XML instance file to be parsed can be supplied at runtime. To do this, specify a parameter in the XML Connection Wizard. When the report based on the XML connection is run, the end user will need to specify the XML instance file on the Enter Parameter Values dialog.

For more information about XML connections, see "XML connections" in the "Data Source Connections" chapter of the JReport Designer User's Guide.

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