Crystal Reports for Eclipse is an Eclipse Plug-in that
provides a 100 percent Java-based report design and deployment environment for
application developers. Developers building applications in the Eclipse
development environment can simply embed Crystal Reports into their java
applications. This page provides a view into all of the Crystal Reports for
Eclipse related content on the Diamond site.
Crystal Reports for Eclipse Released!
After much interest in the Preview and Beta of Crystal Reports for eclipse we are glad that it is now Generally Available. The last 12 months have been very exciting for me and the rest of the Crystal Reports for Eclipse (CR4E) team here at Business Objects. There has been a huge response from both the media and Java developers alike following the announcement last year. This was followed by a hugely successful Tech Preview and Beta Program, which resulted in over 50,000 unique downloads. I am here today to keep the buzz alive. Not only does the launch of Crystal Reports for Eclipse mark the first time that a Java version of the world's most powerful report designer has been made available, but it also marks the first time that Business Objects has offered a Production quality product free of charge. That's right, Crystal Reports for Eclipse, will provide Java Developers with a powerful set of development and runtime tools which is fully licensed for Production use, absolutely free of charge. This is not a limited time offer, no time bombs, nothing...just download and deploy.
Here is a list of the other features you will get when
you download your free copy of Crystal Reports for Eclipse:
POJO Data Source support - This feature enables
developers to design reports off of in-memory Java classes. Just take the
class and drag 'n' drop it onto the report design surface. Then start
designing reports the same as you would any other data source
Crystal Reports Web Project Wizard - this feature
will enable developers to create a web project which already includes all of
the required runtime configurations. Additionally, developers can optionally
choose to add a sample database and reports to the project to get up and
running in no time
Java Reporting Component facet - easily add the
Crystal Reports runtime environment to any new or existing web applications.
Now you will never have to worry about ensuring that all your JAR files have
JSP Page wizard - Drag 'n' drop a report onto a JSP
page, or create a new JSP page via the context menu of a report. This wizard
will provide developers with a dialog page allowing them to choose a number
of different stub code which will be custom generated based on the selected
report. Does your report require parameters, do you want to change the
database at runtime, or export directly to PDF...the wizard will generate
all of the required code to complete the requested actions, all custom to
the specific report. You can literally get away with never having to write a
line of reporting code again
Java User Function Library wizard - this feature
enables developers to expose Java logic to their Crystal Reports formulas.
Does your organization have a large amount of code already invested into
calculating a discount ratio? Don't fret, wrap this logic up in a User
Function Library using this easy wizard and your Crystal Reports files will
be able to access this same logic
Deployment Assistance - Never have to worry about
ensuring the proper JDBC drivers are available at runtime. When a report is
added to a project, the tooling will ensure that the required runtime
libraries are present (including database libraries) when the application is
Built-in pointers to the Business Objects' Update
Site - never have to worry about whether you have the latest version or not.
Use the existing Eclipse Update Manager mechanism to check for updates and
install them automatically. This feature also has built-in rollback
capabilities in case you opt to go back to a previous version
Update your projects with the latest runtime - have
you just downloaded a hot fix, but are not too sure if you have already
added it the updates to an existing project. Use the Crystal Reports File
Versions feature accessed via the Properties Menu of a project to quickly
and easily see which file versions are currently in your project and compare
this with the file versions installed in the tooling. If they are out of
synch click the Update button to easily update your application to the
Global Property Settings - do you find that you are
always turning off the logo on the viewer, or enabling the refresh button?
Well, now Developers can set their global settings for the Crystal Report
viewers within their workspace preferences. Each time a viewer is added to a
JSP page these preferences will be honored and the appropriate code
modifications will be added
Integrated Help - Access a complete and robust
report designer guide as well as developer walkthroughs, API docs and Best
Practices via the built-in Eclipse Help System.