Lesson 3: Running Reports
This lesson describes how to run reports from the Server Console. This lesson represents one way that end users could access and run published reports. Reports that are embedded in a Java application cannot be accessed from the Server Console, but instead from the Java application. The interaction with the report itself however would be the same as described here.
The reports you view in this lesson are in the JinfonetGourmetJava folder, which is the folder you published them to in Lesson 2 > Task 1 of this track. Before you can view the reports, make sure you have the Execute and/or Edit permissions on them.
This lesson contains the following tasks:
- Task 1: Directly Run a Report
- Task 2: Run a Parameter-Based Report
- Task 3: Run a Report in Advanced Mode
Direct running of reports is to use the default format setting to view the report result. By default, Server runs page reports (.cls) in Page Report Studio and web reports (.wls) in Web Report Studio.
In this task, we run a page report in the JinfonetGourmetJava folder as an example:
- In the Resources page of the Server Console, go to the Public Reports > JinfonetGourmetJava folder.
- Select the ShipmentDetailsbyCustomer.cls link to run the report.
Server displays Page Report Studio in a separate web browser window, with the report result for the ShipmentDetails report tab in the page report:
When you directly run a report, if the report contains parameters, Server asks you to specify the parameter values. See the next task for more information.
As you saw in the Creating a Parameter-Based Report lesson, parameter-driven reports are another way to have a dynamic report. They enable the report users to specify the data that they want to see before Logi Report Engine issues the query to the database. By only selecting the data that the report needs, the query is more efficient.
When you run a parameter-based report on Server, Server automatically displays the Enter Parameter Values dialog box to prompt you for the expected values. Server displays the default values in the dialog box, if they are included in the report template definition.
To run the parameter-based report:
- In the JinfonetGourmetJava folder, select the OrderListbyDate_Parameter.cls link.
Server displays the Enter Parameter Values dialog box in a new web browser window for you to specify the parameter values. The report template includes start date of May 1, 2016 and end date of June 1, 2016 as default. You can select the Submit button to admit these defaults, or you can type new values to view the report. Here we use the default values.
- Server displays the requested report showing only order details from May 1, 2016 to June 1, 2016.
The Advanced Run command enables you to specify additional properties when running a report, for example you can specify a different report format instead of the default one, which can be one of the following: HTML, PDF, Text, Excel, Postscript, Rich Text Format (RTF), and XML. In this task, we run the report as PDF.
- In the JinfonetGourmetJava folder, point to the CustomerContactCard.cls report row, then select Advanced Run on the floating toolbar.
- In the Advanced Run dialog box, select the Format tab and select PDF from the Select Format drop-down list.
In this task, we do not use the additional options in the Advanced Run dialog box; however, these options can be quite useful in real reporting scenarios. For example, you can specify database credentials under which the query should execute, or apply a style group so that the report has a different look.
- Select Finish. According to your Adobe configuration, Server displays the report as a PDF file in your web browser, or saves it into the default download folder of your browser.