Many Java developers require BI to enhance their applications and thus we wanted to be a partner and member of the foundation.
Jaspersoft recently made two exciting, Eclipse-related announcements: they released version 1.0.0 of their new open source report designer for JasperReports, and joined the Eclipse Foundation as an official member. JAXenter spoke to Mike Boyarski, Director of Product Marketing at Jaspersoft, about these announcements, and their place in the Eclipse ecosystem.
JAXenter: You have just announced Jaspersoft Studio. What technologies are at work, in this project?
Mike Boyarski: Jaspersoft re-built its report design tool, called iReport on Netbeans, for the Eclipse environment. The Java based tool allows application and professional report developers to design highly formatted reports that can then be viewed online or as a print out. The environment is able to connect to a variety of data sources via JDBC and format the data so that it can be easily read and consumed.
JAXenter: What will this project add, to the Eclipse community?
Mike: Eclipse developers can build reports using Jaspersoft Studio and include those within their application or stored within the report repository called JasperReports Server. Jaspersoft Studio combined with JasperReports Server, a stand alone web application, extends the value of a report by rapidly compiling, securing, and distributing to other users. Because the reporting server is open source, Eclipse developers can now build and manage their reports utilizing a 100% open source solution. Currently developers using BiRT can only share or secure their reports with a subscription to an Actuate proprietary reporting server or by manually building as custom services.
JAXenter: What are your plans for future releases of Jaspersoft Studio?
Mike: In the near term (next 3-4 months) we plan to reach feature parity of our popular iReport tool. These features include tighter integration with our reporting server environment to simplify development with our server environment. There are several productivity improvements and interactive features planned to further enhance the iterative design process of reports. Our roadmap link will be used to share our future development plans.
JAXenter: Jaspersoft has just joined the Eclipse Foundation. What influenced you, to become an official member of the Eclipse Foundation, considering your open source projects compete with Eclipse in some areas?
Mike: Eclipse is the de facto environment for Java developers. Many Java developers require BI to enhance their applications and thus we wanted to be a partner and member of the foundation to solidify our commitment to this thriving community of users. With our new support of the Eclipse framework, we also wanted the option to let Eclipse developers know about us in the various channels available through our membership status, simply as a way to communicate the alternatives for reporting and BI for application and professional report developers.