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Sample 3: Dynamically Generated, JDBC Input, Swing Output generates the same report as created in (using the PRPT file generated with Report Designer, connecting to the file-based HSQLDB database, and using a few parameters), but it uses a Swing helper class defined in the Reporting engine to render the report in a Swing preview window. This basic functionality allows for:

  • Runtime dynamic changing of report input parameters (in the Swing window, changes to the parameters can be submitted by clicking on the Update button)
  • Pagination of the report (showing one page at a time)
  • Exporting the report in different formats (PDF, HTML, XLS, etc.)

The details of how to use Swing to preview the report are contained in the following engine classes (see the source files included with the SDK for more information):

  • org.pentaho.reporting.engine.classic.core.modules.gui.base.PreviewDialog: The dialog window that contains the preview pane and handles basic menu functionality
  • org.pentaho.reporting.engine.classic.core.modules.gui.base.PreviewPane: The pane that handles the report generation, page switching, printing, and report export functionality
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package org.pentaho.reporting.engine.classic.samples;

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

import org.pentaho.reporting.engine.classic.core.ClassicEngineBoot;
import org.pentaho.reporting.engine.classic.core.DataFactory;
import org.pentaho.reporting.engine.classic.core.MasterReport;
import org.pentaho.reporting.engine.classic.core.modules.gui.base.PreviewDialog;
import org.pentaho.reporting.libraries.resourceloader.Resource;
import org.pentaho.reporting.libraries.resourceloader.ResourceException;
import org.pentaho.reporting.libraries.resourceloader.ResourceManager;

 * Generates a report using a paginated Swing Preview Dialog. The parameters for this report
 * can be modified while previewing the dialog and the changes can be seen instantly.
 * <p/>
 * The report generated in this scenario will be the same as created in Sample1:
 * <ol>
 * <li>The report definition file is a .prpt file which will be loaded and parsed
 * <li>The data factory is a simple JDBC data factory using HSQLDB
 * <li>There are no runtime report parameters used
 * </ol>
public class Sample3 {

   * @param args
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    // initialize the Reporting Engine

    // Get the complete report definition (the report definition with the data factory and
    // parameters already applied)
    Sample3 sample = new Sample3();
    final MasterReport report = sample.getCompleteReportDefinition();

    // Generate the swing preview dialog
    final PreviewDialog dialog = new PreviewDialog();
    dialog.setSize(500, 500);

   * Generates the report definition that has the data factory and 
   * parameters already applied.
   * @return the completed report definition
  public MasterReport getCompleteReportDefinition() {
    final MasterReport report = getReportDefinition();

    // Add any parameters to the report
    final Map<String, Object> reportParameters = getReportParameters();
    if (null != reportParameters) {
      for (String key : reportParameters.keySet()) {
        report.getParameterValues().put(key, reportParameters.get(key));

    // Set the data factory for the report
    final DataFactory dataFactory = getDataFactory();
    if (dataFactory != null) {

    // Return the completed report
    return report;

   * Returns the report definition which will be used to generate the report. In this case, the report will be
   * loaded and parsed from a file contained in this package.
   * @return the loaded and parsed report definition to be used in report generation.
  private MasterReport getReportDefinition() {
    try {
      // Using the classloader, get the URL to the reportDefinition file
      // NOTE: We will re-use the report definition from SAMPLE1
      final ClassLoader classloader = this.getClass().getClassLoader();
      final URL reportDefinitionURL = classloader

      // Parse the report file
      final ResourceManager resourceManager = new ResourceManager();
      final Resource directly = resourceManager.createDirectly(reportDefinitionURL, MasterReport.class);
      return (MasterReport) directly.getResource();
    } catch (ResourceException e) {
    return null;

   * Returns the set of runtime report parameters. This sample report uses the following three parameters:
   * <ul>
   * <li><b>Report Title</b> - The title text on the top of the report</li>
   * <li><b>Customer Names</b> - an array of customer names to show in the report</li>
   * <li><b>Col Headers BG Color</b> - the background color for the column headers</li>
   * </ul>
   * @return <code>null</code> indicating the report generator does not use any report parameters
  private Map<String, Object> getReportParameters() {
    final Map parameters = new HashMap<String, Object>();
    parameters.put("Report Title", "Simple Embedded Report Example with Parameters");
    parameters.put("Col Headers BG Color", "yellow");
    parameters.put("Customer Names", new String[] { "American Souvenirs Inc", "", "",
        "BG&E Collectables", "Classic Gift Ideas, Inc", });
    return parameters;

   * Returns the data factory which will be used to generate the data used during report generation. In this example,
   * we will return null since the data factory has been defined in the report definition.
   * @return the data factory used with the report generator
  private DataFactory getDataFactory() {
    return null;