Which is better for reporting tool: open source or charge?



After making reports for a long time, I found something strange
recently. Various reporting software vendors advertise by all means to
attract users' attentions; however, programmers show great interests
in Jasper Report + iReport, the representatives of free and open
source Java reporting software. You can find that it is discussed in
full swing in almost all the forums with Java report board, and there
are always a lot of questioners.


Jasper Report + iReport are pure Java reporting tools. I believe that
the reasons for users to choose them are as follows:
1. They are free reporting tools, and this is the most important
2. They are professional reporting tools.
3. They are pure Java reporting tool.
It means that most people have realized that they should make reports
with professional reporting tools, not coding, and this is a progress.
Now, there are many pure Java reporting tools available, such as
Jatools, RAQ Report, and Style report, etc. According to users'
choice, you will find that free is the deciding factor.

However, I have a problem. Free and chargeable, which one is better?

It seems that free Jasper Report + iReport bring us a lot, reporting
software with certain usability, open source code with flexible
customization capability and complete control, and the most important,
low cost.
But is this really the case?
1. The tabling capabilities of them are not very good.
2. Written too minutely, the Help documents of them are hard to read.
And more important, all of them are chargeable.
3. The tabling logicalities of them are not very strong. Sometimes,
you may find it very hard to make a complex report with them. For
example, if there is a report can not be made directly, you have to
write SQL statements troublesomely or ask your clients change their
requirements unreasonably.
You can find a great number of consultation posts in forums, and the
questioners usually have to wait for answers on line. However, maybe
there is no answer to their questions, or there is no one to answer
their questions by coincidence. You can count the time and labor cost
spent on it. Then, whether it is advisable to buy a chargeable
reporting tool?

The advantages of buying a chargeable reporting tool:
1. The tabling capability of a chargeable reporting tool must be
better than a free one.
2. The Help documents of chargeable reporting tool are free.
3. When you have a question, you can consult the technical support of
your reporting tool directly; even ask them to come to help you.

Judging from the social trend, labor division will becomes more and
more detailed, and work will becomes more and more professional. In
report industry, the optimal condition is that professional reporting
tool vendor is the peripheral R&D Center of other companies. Each
company gives some money to the vendor for using the reporting tool,
while the vendor is dedicated to solve the report problems of all the
To sum up, making report is a professional job, and it is advisable
for you to buy a chargeable reporting tool. With it, you can do your
own job better.

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Cor Ligthert[MVP]


The most important thing for me with a tool is, that I have support for a
long time.

I know a well known reporter tool maker, that has changes all its links on
It devaluated that product to an amateur tool for me.

Just some empty phrases as that it is free, professional, java or any other
empty words don't give me the idea that the tool is usable for a long

Just my idea reading your message.


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