Thanks for the info alex All i really want to do is easily print quality invoice (+other) documents from within Rails. THe info is already in the mysql database, so rails has full access. Is there an easy way to do it? Thanks, Chris
on 2006-01-29 21:55
on 2006-01-29 22:12
I'm just about to cross this bridge myself with an app I'm working on. PDF::Writer seems to be a pretty good solution - you can make a PDF file look pretty much as good as you want, and PDF::Writer seems to be a good compromise between ease of use and capability as far as generating PDFs goes. Check the sample code to see how it works. Regards Dave M.
on 2006-01-30 01:02
I'm looking at using JasperReports with rails: http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rails/pages/HowtoInteg... Looks interesting. Has anyone had any experience with JasperReports?
on 2006-01-30 02:10
It is used in a java project that I'm on at work. I haven't had too much contact with that part of the project, but the guy who's doing it seems very pleased with Jasper reports. I think it might not be as powerful/easy-to-use/well-documented as the $$$$ report engines out there, but it's hard to beat for the price. I skimmed through this wiki page and have to say that the "execute a shell script" approach isn't the best idea. As the author points out towards the bottom, you wind up starting the jvm every time... ugh. And the scripts are platform-dependent. I'm pretty sure Jasper comes with servlets that you can drop into tomcat or jetty. You could have the servlet container running on it's regular port of 8080 but only accepting connections from localhost. Or, you could seemlessly blend the jasper reports stuff with the rails app by proxying the url pattern for reports (mydomain.com/reports) to the servlet container in your web server config. Or, just to be extremely buzzword compliant, you could do it as a web service! :-| Now, this isn't to say that any of this is trivial if you haven't done it... but it's always good to learn new things, right? You could take the script approach to get it working and then replace it with a daemon approach when you get it figured out. b PS: we trained the client to use the iReport (http://ireport.sourceforge.net/) gui tool for Jasper Reports and they've been very pleased (heh, started asking if they could *update* their data with ireport!).