Generating Reports with Jasper Reporting

May 13th, 2013 | Posted under Internet Trends, Software, The Internet | No Comments »

Generating Reports with Jasper Reporting

Report generation is one of the most important tasks for a programmer although it is not at all popular among them. Reporting is basically making the users aware of the certain instances and data present in a program. It is in no way a task that programmers look forward but in any case it has to be done. Before there used to be commercial software for all these reporting purposes but now the Open Source community has finally made their own reporting tool for Java called JasperReports and it is a great alternative to commercial reporting tools for Java programmers.

JasperReports is in no way a tool made just to help users go open and free instead of buying commercial products, instead it is very much a better reporting tool in most cases! For instance it has got all the features that any commercial tool has like generation of dynamic reports, retrieval of data via the Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) on top of supporting all the basic programming elements like variables, expressions, constants, parameters, functions etc. Moreover, it contains some extra features which are much advanced like sub-reporting, script generation and building your own custom data sources. Hence it shows a great level of planning and maturity in it.

JasperReports is basically written in XML and therefore it follows all the nuances that come with XML also. It can be categorized mostly into three sections: the first sections where all the parameters passed are to be included, the second section where the query for the processing of the data is to be entered and lastly the section for displaying the report. Each report section is sub-divided into a number of categories called bands and each of them in turn possess a handful of elements for signifying the position, size and magnitude of the instances like variables, fields and parameters.

There are three types of objects present in a JasperReport code that take care of all the operations performed in it. They are: JasperDesign for designing a report’s definition, JasperReport which compiles the JasperDesign object and JasperPrint for generating the actual report by filling in the data into the compiled JasperReport object. All of these objects can be either manually defined or can be used directly from their XML templates. Also they can be accessed and used from any piece of code used in JasperReports and this whole filling, compiling and reporting process can be done from the classes present in the JasperReports tool.

Using and installing JasperReports is also very simple and can be done easily by downloading the application from the JasperReports website and it is completely free! It can both help people in building a new report for any application from scratch or can add extra functionalities to the existing ones. Most of all it is an endeavour by the Open Source community to give the members of their community something new and alternative to the widespread commercial product and what better way to do that than helping the Open Source Java Programmers.

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Multilingual Websites: Reach Out To The International Market

April 3rd, 2012 | Posted under Internet Trends, The Internet, Web Hosting | No Comments »

Multilingual Websites: Reach Out To The International Market

English is no doubt the most widely used language in the world and most commonly used in the internet but still a majority of the world population doesn’t speak English or understand it that well. English accounts for 38.3% of internet usage. This can create a language barrier thus accounting for a drop in user views as people generally entrust sites in their native language and they feel it easier to surf. A multilingual website can thus help to reach out to the global market. Companies also implement multilingual support in their websites to destroy the language barrier and expand the target market by attracting potential foreign investors or customers. Using jQuery and XML can very easily convert your site’s content to support multilingual approach.

Some tips for making your website multilingual are provided below:

XML

Programming languages like XML and jQuery allows easy conversion of content to different languages.

Use UNICODE

Earlier different encoding scripts were used for different languages to display the characters making it difficult to convert the content to other languages.

  • A unique number is provided for each character irrespective of the language, platform or program.

Multilingual Websites: Reach Out To The International Market

  • Industry leaders like Apple, Microsoft, HP, and IBM etc., have adopted it. Thus Unicode is supported in all the commonly used O.S. and browsers.
  •  Web designing applications like Dreamweaver and Microsoft FrontPage allows developing Unicode web pages.
  • Unicode can be used for writing in more than 90 scripts and supports over 100,000 characters.

Multilingual Websites: Reach Out To The International Market

UTF-8

The best option for creating web pages for the international market is UTF-8 as it encodes characters of variable length for Unicode and allows using characters from different languages.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Using CSS allows quicker loading because of the smaller file sizes. The Design is separated from the content. So conversion of content can be easily done by editing only one style sheet.

Translate

Installing a widget like Google Translate allows to easily translate the content to any globally recognized language but it has one shortcoming that the sentences might not be grammatically correct or even make proper sense. So, it’s better to use professional translators.

Compatibility

It should be made sure that correct web designing tools are used to make the site compatible with a range of web browsers.

Flexibility

Arabic language requires switching of the navigation bars to right-to-left. Also, people from different region have different cultural tastes which must be taken care of. Meaningless conversions can hurt the sentiments of the people. So proper research about the cultural background must be done prior to conversion.

The conversion to different languages needs to take into consideration the cultural tastes, preferences of the people and respect their language. Using Unicode, different software, widgets, applications and translators can be a bit troublesome. But a multilingual approach to your web page worth the time and efforts required for conversion. Multilingual sites can reach out to the global customers. Else in the international market users might prefer visiting sites in their native language which provides them a better understanding of the site. Losing out potential international buyers is something you would not like to happen.

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How to create simple news feed reader

March 12th, 2011 | Posted under Internet Trends, Software, The Internet | No Comments »

How to create simple news feed reader

In the language of the internet a newsreader is a web application or client software also popularly known as the “aggregator” actually crawls throughout the internet and aggregates syndicated web content mostly news headlines in a single format for easy viewing purposes.

The news feed readers are of primarily of three types.

Web based news feed reader

How to create simple news feed reader

These are actually specially designed websites that automatically sorts out news from millions of news feeds everyday produced by thousands of news service providers. Typically a person needs to create an account in these websites, filling out his preferences and choices.  The website then uses advanced predictive algorithms and techniques to find out news material best suited for the reader. Many sites provide these features integrated in their pages. The most interesting part is that these readers can be set up without much effort in a very short time by almost any common user. This is the most preferred way of reading news feeds because of its easy user interface and no maintenance.

Web applets

These are web based applications mostly available through a web browser. They are interactive and based on AJAX and XML techniques and very user friendly. These also aggregate the news from different news broadcasting sites and use similar types of techniques to gather and filter news appropriate for a particular user. The applications are hosted mainly on servers for personal use. The advantage is that because it is remotely hosted, it can be easily accessed from anywhere in the world. Because of its nature, the widgets or web applets can also be easily integrated into email applications, document readers, news portals, customisable home pages etc.

Client software

Client software is software specially designed for the purpose of news gathering and news presentation of personalised content in a compact user friendly interface. These are full-fledged applications which are required to be installed on the client machine. They also do not normally require a web browser to browse through the news content. They actually aggregate much more content and much better for professional uses, because they offer much more customisations, more personalised filtering, and once loaded it can be viewed without access to the internet. Though it has some disadvantages like it has to be maintained well to make it fit for use in a particular context, it has more advanced feature-full interface along with predefined as well as user-defined techniques and functions. All these result in a better news reader than other easy techniques.

Another important criterion for judging different news feed readers is the filtering techniques used. The remotely hosted servers use many advanced techniques and large resources to sort out news to particular types and appropriate user content. The very resource intensive methods cannot be used in case of a client software, also the huge bandwidth required to filter out the huge news content is very high and it is not recommended for a single user unless for a good reason.

How to create simple news feed reader

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Integrating CSS and XML to work wonders

October 27th, 2010 | Posted under Internet Trends, Web Design Tutorials | No Comments »

Integrating CSS and XML to work wonders

XML is known for its universal and unique data format and is thus extensively used in various fields of application like engineering, physical science, electronic commerce etc. On the other hand CSS is such a language which helps in making optimum presentation. It actually optimizes the user’s data in an appropriate manner.  Thus on integrated both XML and CCS, one can take the help of all the features given by both these languages. Thus in short CSS is viable to decorating the XML documents. This integration of XML and CSS is coined as “Structured Markup with Display Semantics”.

Advantages of using XML with CSS

XML is mainly used to create stylish document to make it presentable to gather the attention of the people. CSS actually assists XML in dong this job.

Present ability

This one the foremost advantage of using integrated XML with CSS. Both theses languages together put effort to generate stylish sheets by decorating and providing descent style to the document.

Servability

CSS is actually a mechanism to generate style sheets.  On the other hand XML is the Meta language in which the user can create his own elements according to his requirement.  This freedom in XML to create own tags according to requirement is actually priced. Thus tags of XML has nothing predefined semantics. Thus resulting in various ambiguities like < image> can be either an image or imaginary number, <manual> may be a technical book or human labor. In some informal language like English humans can easily identify the various meanings associated with the context but this is not the case when dealing with some formal language, some standard semantics need to be followed to make the machine understand the meaning of various code. So here comes the ultimate advantage of using CSS with XML. CSS is style sheet software which defines these display semantics while using XML documents for various purposes.

Accessibility

While using integrated XML with CSS the style sheet documents becomes more accessible mainly for physically disabled persons having problem in vision or speaking. Thus this integrated software provides a variety of accessible features needed for various uses.

Authoring Software

XML Spy

This is a professional XML editor which provides a set of three points over XML documents. One is the enhancing grid view meant for structured editing and displaying purposes, another is the low level display meant for syntax coloring; the third one integrated browser display meant for providing support to CSS sheets. This also includes a feature for character-set and Unicode encoding and also for supporting XML and XHTML Namespaces. Another very useful feature is provided by XML spy to provide editing of DTD and XML documents simultaneously. The screenshot of XML spy has been given below:

 Integrating CSS and XML to work wonders

Authoring Approach

Integration of CSS with XML involves the following approach

  1. XML document should be authorized.
  2. CSS stylish sheet should be authorized.
  3. Then the CSS stylish sheet should be associated with XML documents.
  4. The final step is to render XML documents associated with CSS stylish sheet.

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XML simplified – understanding the structure

September 10th, 2010 | Posted under The Internet, Web Design Tutorials | No Comments »

XML simplified – understanding the

structure

XML is actually an”Extensible Markup Language” which follows a set of certain rules to encode documents in machine language. The main goals of XML language are easy usability, generality and simplicity while working on internet. It is mainly used for transportations and storage of data rather than displaying it unlike HTML. This concept is defined in XML 1 specification marketed by W3C. All the tags used are user defined. The most popular XML language so far developed includes Atom, Soap, and XHTML, ms office, apple’s iWork, open office and RSS. All the information required by the user is written on the tags. One can also design his software for receiving, sending and displaying information.

General format of XML document

XML simplified - understanding the structure

Key Terminologies

Key terminologies are basically XML Specifications, which are very essential while writing XML documents. They are as follows:

Unicode Character

XML documents are basically a collection of characters in the form of strings. Almost every Unicode character happens to appear in every XML documents.

XML simplified - understanding the structure

Grouping of characters

Characters of XML documents are subdivided into group’s content and markup. These content and markup characters are easily distinguished by simple application of syntactic rules. Those strings which begin with ‘<’ character or end with’>’ character or those beginning with ‘&’ and ending with ‘;’ character are considered as markup language. Rest all strings with are not markup are known as content.

Processor and its application

Processor simply analyses the markup text and delivers to the application this structured information. Specifications actually places the requirement to the XML processor, thus coordination the work of the processor by directing it what to do and what not to do. The application is outside the scope of the specifications but is coordinated by processor. Thus due to this feature of the XML processor it is considered as XML parser.

Tag

Markup construction begins with ‘<’ character and ends with ‘>’character. Tagging within this markup text have three types that is start tags coded as <text>, end tag coded as</text> and at last the empty tag coded as <text/>.

Element

The element is the most logical component. It begins with start tags, and then finally ends with matched end-tags. It may consist of only empty element tags. The characters in between start tags and the end-tags, are called element’s content. It may contain the markup and other elements, collectively known as child elements.

Attribute

In XML, attributes are a part of element which helps in providing additional regarding that element. Thus attributes can be imagined as adjectives defining the elements present with it. Attributes as two fields name and value, which always occurs simultaneously. The name field declares the object and value field defines the nature of the object.  They are two types of attributes one is mandatory and the other is optional.

XML simplified - understanding the structure

XML Declaration

Every XML document begins with XML Declaration, thus helping us in knowing the version name of the document.

USES

XML can be used to store data inside html document, and this keeps data separated from html document and hence is helpful in using the html for formatting and display

It can create data that can be read by different application and hence reduce complexity.

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A look on the Semantic Web world – the thing of the future

September 7th, 2010 | Posted under Internet Trends, The Internet | No Comments »

A look on the Semantic Web world – the thing of the future

These days internet has become so much important part and parcel of our life, that one cunt imagine this world without internet. Internet is one the most important invention that the world has ever seen, as it helps in connecting computers from every corner of the world. This Semantic Web is a collection of many interdisciplinary projects, started by the brilliant masterminds in computer science, the main purpose of which is to revolutionize the World Wide Web that is Internet. Though scientists from all over the world are working on this project but the main focus and attention on this cumulative project is given by the scientists of United States, Europe and Asia. Because of this project, various advanced technologies, standard protocols and other important developments are coming at a rapid rate, thus changing the definition of Internet for the benefit of advanced generation, keeping in consideration their foremost requirement.
The foremost important objective of Semantic Web is to search for web resources and web sites not by using simple keywords and putting them of “Google Search Engine” as done today but by understanding the description and capabilities of the contents. Thus Semantic Web actually works on the concept of artificial intelligence, to understand the meaning of the keyword before searching.
Semantic Web Components:
Semantic Web has all the standard tools of RDF scheme, RDF, XML Schema, XML, and OWL. All these tools are well oriented in the “Semantic Web Stack”.
OWL describes the various tools of Semantic Web as follows:

XML

This provides all the elementary syntax of the structure present within documents. But this does not associate any semantic meaning with the contents present within it.

XML Schema

This tool provides Semantic Web with all the structures and elements present within the XML documents and also help in restricting it.

RDF

This language tool is mainly meant for providing data model expression to Semantic Web with reference to the data resources and its relationship with other resources. Actually the RDF model is represented as XML syntax.

RDF Schema

This language actually extends the concept of RDF. This is actually a vocabulary which is used for defining the class RDF data resources and its properties and also helps the Semantic Web to generalize the hierarchical status of such classes and their properties.

OWL

This language helps in providing more vocabulary to describe the status of such classes and their properties like relation within classes, among others, cardinality, rich typing properties, equality, enumerated classes and nature of properties.

SPARQL

This is actually a query language like oracle and also a user defined protocol thus helping Semantic Web to manage the data resources properly.

A look on the Semantic Web world - the thing of the future

The main objective of Semantic Web is to describe the data and to associate a suitable meaning with it, involving a more complex XHTML code subdivided. It addition to this it supports the semantic functionality which introduces the concept of “dynamic networking model” to train the database with more appropriate vocabulary with changing need. Thus the future of today’s web world lies within the hands of the Semantic Web World.

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Web Standards that are followed today

July 8th, 2010 | Posted under Web Design Tutorials, Web Hosting | 2 Comments »

Web Standards that are followed today

With the internet and World Wide Web playing a role in virtually every aspect of our lives, it is important that every website created conform to a set of accepted standards and technical specifications collectively referred to as Web Standards. These set of standards affect the development and administration of websites either directly or indirectly, and govern various aspects of the internet like interpretability, accessibility and usability of web pages. The following are the parameters considered while assessing web standards:

XML

Extensible mark up Language is a set of tools designed for emphasizing on simplicity, generality and usability over the internet in a textual data format. It focuses mainly on documents and is widely used to represent arbitrary data structures in web services.

CSS

Cascading Style Sheets, used to describe the presentation semantics is enables the separation of document content from document presentation including elements like layouts, colours and fonts.

DOM

Document Object Model is instrumental in representation and interaction of objects associated with HTML, XHTML and XML documents. It has the unique features of being fast, memory efficient and being language independent.

ECMA script

This is one of the most widely used scripting languages, which has distinguishing features like class module system, bug fixing and backwards compatibility.

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Libraries based on Java and JavaScript

July 8th, 2010 | Posted under Computer Advice, Internet Trends, Software, The Internet | 1 Comment »

Libraries based on Java and JavaScript

With every passing day, automation is becoming increasingly popular; a well-programmed machine is replacing many men in almost every job. Even the horizons of programming language have broadened with time. Programming languages such as Java, C, C++ and scripts such as JavaScript, etc are being put to more use than ever before. Java and JavaScript with its wide range of libraries have proved to be a boon. Let us discuss some of the most useful libraries based on Java and JavaScript.

Ajax

Asynchronous JavaScript and XML is a group of technologies that uses a combination of HTML and CSS to create interactive web applications. It uses dynamic display and enhances the interaction between the information and the user.

JQuery

It is free, lightweight, open source software designed to simplify scripting on the part of the client. It can be used to create animations, handle events, create plug-ins and develop Ajax applications, thus enabling the creation of powerful and dynamic web pages.

JScript

This is another scripting language library that is used in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Jscript is nothing but the same as JavaScript but under the purview of Microsoft. However, it comes with the additional feature of supporting conditional compilation.

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Five great tools of the Web 2.0

May 13th, 2010 | Posted under Internet Trends, The Internet | No Comments »

Five great tools of the Web 2.0

When the term Web 2.0 was termed by Tim O’Reilly in a conference in 2004, he meant it as a philosophy, a concept that would enhance the sharing of information, collaboration and user-centric web designs. In the next few years, certain tools and applications were developed, which held the true spirit of Web 2.0. Here, we list five great tools of the Web 2.0 that have changed the World Wide Web.

1. XML and RSS

It is syndication of website content, with the help of strict protocols, and can be used by the users for other purposes as well.

2. Special protocols for social networking

Protocols like XFN and FOAF are made for enhanced interoperability between social networking sites and other websites.

3. Ajax

This application has been used by most websites to make it more interactive and facilitating the server work to be done in the background.

4. Blogs

This tool has let users express themselves, share information and promote their agenda without on the Web without the need to buy web-hosting space.

5. Wiki

It is tool that facilitates easy building of interlinked web pages for different purposes, such as knowledge sharing, community websites, corporate networking and many more.

With each passing day, more and more tools are being developed on the lines of Web 2.0, which are extremely innovative and useful!

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Advantages of Ajax Hosting

July 25th, 2009 | Posted under BounceWeb Company, Software, The Internet, Web Design Tutorials, Web Hosting | No Comments »

Advantages of Ajax Hosting

Hi all,

As website users, we all want fast web pages. Generally, while submitting an online form, it takes a minute or two for the new page to load and the data to get stored in the database. How would it be if we could mark only a specific part of the web page that would reload and submit data to the server? If you are thinking on those lines, then we are talking about Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, or more popularly known as AJAX.

AJAX hosting has made websites interact with users in a faster way. It is possible to connect and communicate with the server while the user is typing on his keyboard to enter certain details. For example, prompting hints for form fields work on the above principle. So, it is quite essential for web developers to have Ajax applications on their websites. This hosting of Ajax based applications on the server is technically known as Ajax hosting.

Positives on AJAX Hosting

1. Faster web pages – As already discussed, the main argument for Ajax applications is the speed with which the work is done. The whole page doesn’t need to communicate with the server, and thus only the specific part of the application is loaded. So, the static portion of the website can be kept intact without getting reloaded every time. This becomes a great advantage when the Internet connection is very slow.

2. Lesser bandwidth – Less the amount of data transferred from the server to the client machine and vice versa, lesser will be the amount. Only a specific part of the data communicates with the server and the database directly.

3. Supports real time applications – Prior to Ajax applications, some of the facilities that we have now would not have been possible. Maps are generally good examples of such real time applications. The user is in a continuous activity of entering details and all this while the details get to the server, and the response comes within seconds. This is really a great advantage for real time application developers.

4. Integration with scripting languages – To communicate with the server, we may also need scripting language too. Languages like PHP, ASP, Perl, etc support Ajax, making them Ajax applications too. Integrating Ajax with these languages is pretty easy, thus it is easy to migrate to Ajax based applications.

5. Promotes structured web pages – The design, content and the interactive parts are generally well defined and thus they can be treated separately while developing the website. However, the degree of association can be specified by the web developer himself, thus easing ways of internal communication between website components.

Ajax has revolutionized the world of Internet. Its faster, better, more efficient and opens up avenues for many new & innovative real-time applications. Ajax web Hosting is slowly becoming an indispensable part of the web hosting process.

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