Jaspersoft Enhances Open Source Business Intelligence in Eclipse

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Open source business intelligence provider Jaspersoft (news, site) has announced an open source business intelligence (BI) design toolfor users of the popular Eclipse development environment. The tool is open source and allows Eclipse Java developers to build, secure andshare reports free.

Jaspersoft Development Finally Comes to Eclipse

Developers already have options for creating Jasper reports, a Netbeans plugin and Jaspersoft’s standalone iReportDesigner. However, until now, there was no tool for what is arguably one of themost popular development tools in existence, Eclipse. With over one milliondownloads per month, it’s not too shocking that Jaspersoft finally decided toaddress requests from its developer community to support the IDE for report creation.

Jaspersoft Studio Eclipse plugin

The free open source tool, Jaspersoft Studio v1.0, isactually a port of Jaspersoft’s iReport built on the Eclipse platform.This means reports designed in Jaspersoft Studio can be edited in eitherJaspersoft Studio or iReport. Jaspersoft Studio provides more sophisticatedtools than the current options for the Eclipse community. Jaspersoft Studioallows developers to build reports accessing any data source includingrelational databases, NoSQL repositories and flat files and share them using JasperReportsServer.

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Jaspersoft Studio data adapter interface

Jaspersoft Studio data adapter interface

According to Jaspersoft, Jaspersoft Studio has been indevelopment for over a year and builds on the experience gained developing theoriginal Netbeans port for iReport.

In addition to the general release of the Jaspersoft Eclipseplugin, the company also announced it has become an official member of theEclipse Foundation. By joining this community, Jaspersoft has expanded its potentialopen software development community, which already includes 225,000 registeredmembers, and capability to build open source applications and products.

Getting Jaspersoft Studio

Jaspersoft Studio v1.0 is available now on JasperForge and is compatible with Eclipse version 3.5 and later. Currently, installers exist for Windows, Mac and Linux. ExistingJaspersoft commercial customer should note that Jaspersoft Studio is acommunity release and not commercially supported.