This brief tutorial walks you through building a simple report with JasperWave Report Designer. It introduces the some UI features and basic elements.
At the completion of this tutorial, you should be able to start building your own reports.

Open JasperWave Report Designer

JasperWave Report Designer is a perspective within Eclipse.
To open it, use Window > Open Perspective > Other... and select JasperWave Report Designer

Create new report

New report might be created in a few ways.

File > New > Other... >JasperWave Report Designer > Report

If JasperWave Report Designer perspective is active, you can use a short link File > New > Report

Using context menu in Browser view

Create JDBC data source

JasperReports distribution comes with a sample database populated with data which proves to be as useful as it can be for running the supplied demo reports. To use this database you will need to
  1. Have it up and running
  2. In a command prompt/terminal window browse to the demo/hsqldb folder of the JasperReports source and run the command 'ant runServer'.

    D:\tools\jasperreports\demo\hsqldb>ant runServer
    Buildfile: build.xml
         [java] [Server@de6f34]: [Thread[main,5,main]]: checkRunning(false) entered
         [java] [Server@de6f34]: [Thread[main,5,main]]: checkRunning(false) exited
         [java] [Server@de6f34]: Startup sequence initiated from main() method
         [java] [Server@de6f34]: Loaded properties from [D:\tools\jasperreports\demo\hsqldb\]
         [java] [Server@de6f34]: Initiating startup sequence...
         [java] [Server@de6f34]: Server socket opened successfully in 94 ms.
         [java] [Server@de6f34]: Database [index=0, id=0, db=file:test, alias=] opened sucessfully in 844 ms.
         [java] [Server@de6f34]: Startup sequence completed in 938 ms.
         [java] [Server@de6f34]: 2011-04-26 17:24:52.056 HSQLDB server 1.8.0 is online
         [java] [Server@de6f34]: To close normally, connect and execute SHUTDOWN SQL
         [java] [Server@de6f34]: From command line, use [Ctrl]+[C] to abort abruptly

    Leave window/terminal running. For more details, see JasperReports Getting Started

  3. Configure the connection using JDBC data source
  4. Open data source registry

    Create new JDBC data source

    Setup JDBC properties. Use Manage button to configure HSQL JDBC driver

    Setup HSQL JDBC driver

Design SQL query

It is assumed that JDBC data source is configured and HSQL DB is up and running

Double click on Dataset query item in Data Explorer view opens data set editor

Query language SQL, active data source HSQL DB.

Start visual SQL builder using Wizard button.

Visual builder allows you to build a complete SQL statement without typing any clause

and execute the resulting statement

Define report fields and check query result

Report fields can be retrieved automatically from the SQL statement using Fields button

In case of any issues (i.e. connectivity), you can perform this operation manually

At any time you can change the SQL query, execute it and see the results

Add fileds to the report

We have designed SQL query and defined report fields.

They appeared in the Data Explorer, in section Fields and might be added to the report template using drag and drop.

Preview the report

Select Preview tab at the bottom of the editor to preview the report

Export the report

Once the report is designed, you can export it in any available format.

File > Export > JasperWave Report Designer > Export report

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