FAQs – Logi Report APIs and Beans
Logi Report provides a rich set of APIs and Beans that enable Logi Report Server and Logi Report Designer functionality to be seamlessly embedded within any application. There are several typical thin-client deployments of Logi Report:
- When an enterprise prefers to embed Logi Report Server functionality within an application, as opposed to running a stand-alone Logi Report Server, they utilize the Logi Report Server API. This API allows users to perform all Logi Report Server functions from within their application, including running and scheduling reports, managing report resources, and providing user access control. Clients use a Web browser to access, schedule, share, and manage their reports.
- When Logi Report is deployed as a stand-alone server, the Logi Report Viewer Bean or Remote Method Invocation (RMI) API is installed in the Web application server to provide the ability to manage resources, perform tasks, etc. The Logi Report Viewer Bean is used when a firewall is employed, for example when a organization deploys reporting functionality to customers but wants to ensure the security of their data. The RMI API is used when no firewall is present, for example when an application is deployed on a local intranet that is only accessible to internal users. Clients can view reports and access server functionality via any Web browser.
- In situations where an organization wants to simply run and view reports, the Logi Report Server Engine (Engine Bean) can be deployed in a Web application. The Logi Report Server Engine is the core of the Logi Report Server and is responsible for fetching qualified data from the data source and returning results. The Logi Report Server Engine does not provide resource management and security functionality. Clients can view report results via any Web browser.
Logi Report also provides flexible deployment options in fat-client environments:
- In environments where a client does not have a Web browser, the Logi Report Viewer Bean can be installed on the client-side. When installed on the client-side, the Logi Report Viewer Bean enables the user to access Logi Report Server functionality, whether Logi Report is deployed as a stand-alone server or integrated in a Web application server.
- Logi Report also supports “desktop deployment”. This deployment option requires the Engine Bean and the Logi Report Results Viewer to be installed on the client machine. This deployment is most typical in environments in which users do not have reliable Web access. Users run and view reports directly on their client machine.
Logi Report provides other APIs that provide additional functionality. For example, the Logi Report Security API allows for seamless integration with existing security systems. The Security API enables management of user/roles and permissions outside of the Logi Report Server. The Security API is most commonly employed when organizations want to maintain all security settings within one “security center”.
Logi Report Designer functionality can be embedded into an application with the Logi Report Design API and the Logi Report Server Design API. Both APIs provide the ability to design and manage catalogs and reports from within any application. Catalog management includes the ability to create connections, add and delete objects, modify queries, and obtain object information. These APIs provide the same report design capabilities as Logi Report Designer. Logi Report Design API supports one concurrent user. Logi Report Server Design API supports multiple concurrent users.