[Lazarus] [ISSUE] FCL-Web and LazReport

Marcos Douglas md at delfire.net
Thu Jan 17 13:22:52 CET 2013

On Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM, Michael Van Canneyt
<michael at freepascal.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Jan 2013, Graeme Geldenhuys wrote:
>> On 01/17/13 10:52, silvioprog wrote:
>>> I've been thinking of porting jsPDF for Free Pascal:
>> fpGUI also has a small PDF reporting engine. To see what it can do, take
>> a look at the demo in <fpgui>\examples\gui\reporting
>> Some features:
>>  * Text output (obviously)
>>  * Text attributes (color, size, font, alignment etc)
>>  * Image support
>>  * Drawing primitives
>>  * Headers, Footers
>>  * Sections
>>  * Grids
>>  * Page numbers, Section numbers
>>  * Page attributes (landscape, portrait, mixed, pages sizes etc)
>>  * PDF attributes (eg: when file is opened go full screen or 2-up etc)
>>  * Print Preview (this is dependent on fpGUI of course, but it is a
>>       separate unit, so isn't a problem)
>> It doesn't bind to datasets etc. You simply iterate whatever data you
>> want, and write whatever to the PDF's canvas. This gives you the most
>> flexibility and allows creating reports from anything (business objects,
>> datasets, stringgrid etc).
>> Currently the PDF engine has very little dependency on fpGUI - a data
>> type which could be easily redefined in the reporting unit itself, and
>> some color utility methods, which again could be redefined in the
>> reporting units themselves.
>> I'm using this PDF engine to generate rather complex reports in our
>> commercial apps, reporting from tiOPF-based business objects. It works
>> very well.
>> An French developer wrote and contributed this to the fpGUI project.
>> Some classes and methods are still in French though, but if you look at
>> the demo project and its demo reports, it is easy to figure out. We are
>> still working on translating everything to English. If you do try it out
>> and hit a problem, you are welcome to post questions in the
>> fpgui.support newsgroup (see the website for details).
> Well, I was looking at this too for a PDF backend.
> Finally, it was the dependency on fpGUI that stopped me from using it.
> If we can make sure there is no such dependency, I'd very much like to have
> it in FPC itself.


Marcos Douglas

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