What is grails?
According to grail documentation
Grails is a full stack framework and attempts to solve as many pieces of the web development puzzle through the core technology.

What are the built-in features of Grails?

Data management:
It is easy with built-in Object Relational Mapping (ORM) using Hibernate

Cool view technology:
Similar to JSP groovy has Groovy Server Pages (GSP)

Integrated Spring MVC

An interactive command line environment and build system based on Gradle

Servlet container: Has embedded Tomcat container with hot loading feature.

Global language
Support for internationalization (i18n) built on Spring

A transactional service layer built on Spring’s transaction abstraction
All of these are made easy to use through the power of the Groovy language and the extensive use of Domain Specific Languages (DSLs)


What is HttpClient?
Any program or software that can make call to any url or webapplication using http proptocol is HttpClient.

What are the dependencies of HttpClient?
1. commons-codec jar 1.2
2. commons-logging jar 1.0.4
3. junit
What are the steps for using HttpClient?
1. Intantiate HttpClient.
2. Use any methods (GetMethod/Post etc) .The URL can be passed in the constructor
3. Invoke HttpClient to execute the method.
4. Read the response using stream and store it as string or any other object.
5. Release the connection.
6. Use the response.
Method that can be used in HttpClient
Options: It helps to retrive the options available.
Get: The get method which has the url and query parameters.
Head: The HEAD method similar GET except here message-body is not present in the response.
Post: For a POST request, with large request in the body
Multipart: Generally it is used for file uploads etc.
Put, Delete and Trace are also usable

How to use Google maps in Jaspersoft Studio

How to Use Google Maps in Jaspersoft Studio

The report in this example is developed on Jaspersoft Studio version: 6.3.1 final and deployed on Jaspersoft server version: 6.3.0 Enterprise edition.

Step 1: Create a report in jasper studio. In this example report is called GoogleMapsTest.

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1- Delete all the bands except Title and summary band. Use the query “Select 1 as one” in main data-set query.

Step 2: Adding the jasper map component to report.

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1- Add the text box to Title band and insert any relevant text into it.

2- Drag the Map component from Palette on to the Summary band of the report.

3- Add a data-set named “Markers” to the report, and use this query in it.


select ‘NorthCharleston’ as CityName,’-80.02842′ as Longitude,’32.92896′ as Latitude
select ‘GREENVILLE’ as CityName ,’-82.33626515′ as Longitude ,’34.79360263′ as Latitude
select ‘ZIBO’ as CityName,’117.8351787′ as Longitude,’37.17124911′ as Latitude
select ‘Mumbai’ as CityName, ‘72.9227767’ as Longitude, ‘19.10662726’ as Latitude

Step 3: Add markers to the map.

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1- Click on the Map and select the Markers tab from the Properties section.

2- Add the created data-set to the marker by selecting the Data-set tab.

Step 4:Add markers properties.

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1- For adding marker properties, click the add button on right side, and insert the following details.

i.) Longitude & Latitude : For adding Longitude & Latitude, click the the properties icon on the right hand corner of the input text field. Check the “Use Expression” box and provide the latitude and longitude fields in their appropriate input boxes.

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ii.) Adding Mouse-over(Information appearing when hovered on marker) : For mouse-over information, insert data into the “Title” box in the window.

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iii.) Adding Pop-up window content(Content shown after clicking the marker) : For adding pop up window content, use the “Info Window”  text boxes.

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Step 5: Deploying the report in jaspersoft server

Publish the report on jasper server.

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………. and Voila..!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank You

Ravi Bhatta



Create A Custom Table Report using Helical Insight (Dynamically Picking the Columns Names and Data)

Create A Custom Table Report using HI (Dynamically Picking the Columns Names and Data)

If you have already had a Hands-On experience on the Helical Insight Tool [HI tool] then this blog would be helpful

For a creating a report there are 4 files required
1. EFW

the Report Layout lies on the HTML page, the SQL queries lies within the EFWD file and the visualization lies in the EFWVF File.
Hence once the Query is fired it comes to the visualization file to create a table as that’s our goal. With the help of the following code below it can be created with ease.

The below code here is a template of our EFWVF looks like
<Chart id=”1″>

//Your Visualization Code Goes Here


Chart ID here is 1 which is unique
Type is of custom
DataSource 1 is the Unique ID defined in the EFWVF File. ie (<DataMap id=”1″ )
Now within the <script> </script>
we Paste the following:

//The If Block Does Return A Message NO Data when there is No Data
if(data.length == 0)
$(‘#chart_1′).html(“<div ><h4 style=’text-align:CENTER;color:black; padding-top:60px;’>No Data Available For Current Selection</h4></div>”);
//The Else Block Returns The Table if there is a Table
//Here the funtion Tabluate Returns the Data in Tabular Form
function tabulate(elem, data, columns)
//Function Start
var table =“table”)
.attr(“class”,” table display compact width:100%;cellspacing:1 “)
thead = table.append(“thead”),
tbody = table.append(“tbody”);

//Append the header row
.text(function(column) { return column; })
.attr(‘class’, function(d, i){ return “colH_” + i; })
.style(‘@media print’,’display:none’)

// create a row for each object in the data
var rows = tbody.selectAll(“tr”)

// create a cell in each row for each column
var cells = rows.selectAll(“td”)
.data(function(row) {
return {
return {column: column, value: row[column]};
.text(function(d) { return d.value; })
.attr(‘class’, function(d, i){ return “col_” + i; })
.attr(‘align’, ‘left’)
return table;
//Function END

//Render the table
//Object.keys(data[0]) is the Data to fetch the Column Header
//data has the data of the Table
var subjectTable = tabulate( ‘#chart_1’, data, Object.keys(data[0]));
Save it in the same Directory with rest of the file

Run your report on HI and you get a table.

Keep in mind you can change the query and still get the new columns from the new query.

Sohail Izebhijie

The Print When Expression

The Print When Expression

The print when expression in Jasper Studio or Jasper iReport is very useful in so many requirements and it is defined as the name itself implies
i.e Print /Show a String, Column and so on Based on a condition passed.
Now here are some requirements on how/when we can implement The Print when expression.

Requiremnt: Show a particular column when a parameter is selected
Here we made a parameter Called ShowLocation with values either ‘Y’ or ‘N’/blank space
now when ‘Y’ is selected then a Location column should show and when ‘N/blank space then it doesn’t show.

2 ways i did approach this:

1. I made a 2 Table Components one with the Location Column added and the other without the Location Column added.
one on top the other.
so when my parameter calls a ‘Y’ value it picks the Table with the Location Column and vice versa.

This approach is good but can be time and performance consuming

the 2nd approach was:

2. Only one Table Component was used, Opened the Table Component and selected the Column i want to restrict/show based on the parameter passed, in my scenario or requirement it is the Location column as
shown in the image below:


now i would select the cell button

Cellin the properties Tab and then Select the
Print When Expression.

Now here in the print when expression box i would write :
$P{showlocation}.equals(“Y”) as shown above


and you are good to go for a preview.
Now Let’s have to put a N or blank space in the parameter showlocation we get the following output
and now let’s pass ‘Y’ in the showlocation parameter

So Now with this condition it will show the column when the parameter is checked in with a ‘Y’ Value.
and voila the output:


Sohail Izebhijie.

Let’s Have Fun with Triggers in SQL

Let’s Have Fun with Triggers in SQL

What are Triggers?

Triggers are a Block of Structure that executes when a DML Statement is performed or Executed. Triggers are fun to use but from a business point of view not advisable but that a different story entirely ie the Pro’s and Con’s. but for gaining an idea about Triggers here is what the Video Covers

  1. Basic Creation of a Trigger
  2. and a simple real-time scenario on how i used triggers

The Video here illustrates or covers the above points.

Beginner’s Guide to OLTP and OLAP

Beginner’s Guide to OLTP and OLAP

In this blog we will be looking into the introduction of OLTP and OLAP. How it is defined and how we can relate it to real-time

Firstly, OLTP stands for On-line Transaction Processing and OLAP stands for On-line Analytical Processing

But to define OLTP and OLAP in the Simpliest of language is
OLTP is defined as “What is Happening” ie it deals with various transactions as it happens
and OLAP is defined as “What has happened” ie it deals with Stored Data.

OLTP is more of INSERT, DELETE, UPDATE, MODIFY i.e perform Day to Day Operations
But OLAP on the other hand is more of Fetching Data i.e Perform Analysis.

Take for Example a Supermarket Counter : the Counter receives payment for a particular product thus the event happening is a transaction which should be inputted into the Database
Hence it’s a OLTP.

But the OLAP is once the Data has been stored and the only Operation performed is Fetching the Data then it is said to be OLAP which can be used for
Business decision making and planning.

OLTP is a Relational Database and it’s 2-Dimensional in nature i.e Mathematically it is in the form of x and y axis
but OLAP on the other hand is a Multi-dimensional Database i.e Mathematically it is in the form of x, y, z, nth axis.

Now a question arises how is OLAP and OLTP represented? OLTP is represented in a Normalized Form and OLAP in a Star Schema or even at times in a Snow Flake Schema

OLAP Data- Structure is Designed in a Tree Format making it easy to Traverse.



Helical Insight for ETL Tester (QA)

Helical Insight for ETL Tester (QA)

Let’s take an example that your ETL developer has just wrote an ETL script, which loaded the data into the Data Warehouse, few millions of records got inserted into the Data Warehouse.

For QA, it is super difficult to test all (millions) of the data and also a time consuming process. Moreover, there are many other problems like

  • some might not be well versed with writing complex SQL queries
  • There might be multiple data sources involved in generating the Data Warehouse.
  • Writing multiple queries on multiple data sources and then combining it in one single result set would be a sweat breaking task.

Now think of Helical Insight as your friend which helps you to do most of your tasks, allowing you to focus on more critical thinking rather than just doing stare and test whole day. Wondering how Helical Insight can help you achieve the same?

Here is your answer,

  • Helical Insight is capable of communicating with any of your data source(s) like CSV, Excel, MySql, Oracle, SQL Server, Postgres etc.
  • Helical Insight has a drag and drop feature to make your test cases ready, without even having a prior knowledge of SQL queries. Helical Insight generates the SQL queries including the joins between multiple entities. Helical Insight understands your data structure, hence it generates the query even if you are working with different set of data source(s), DW or normalized database, Helical Insight understands all.
  • Using this (drag and drop) facility you can generate all your test cases in a form of report, which you can call it as your test cases. For example, your report does a count of records for a dimension. You can save this report and check the same with source system by creating a separate report. If its a migration project the count should definitely match otherwise we know something is wrong with the ETL Script.
  • Once you have saved these reports (test cases) you can re-executes them again an again to verify your data. In the above situation you have just identified that Helical Insight is really a very useful tool with some really cool features like generating the SQL query for any database or data source(s), ability to execute the queries on any databases or data source(s), ability to save the report / test cases / SQL queries for future usage.

How to use List (Component ) in Ireport.

How to use List components in Ireport :

When dragging over a list component to one of the report’s bands, iReport will not prompt you for anything, unlike the process for the table component. You’ll have to configure it once it’s on the design area. Once the List component is in the design area, you can edit the table datasource (by right-clicking on the component).

  • In the “Connection/Datasource Expression” tab, set the drop-down to “Don’t use connection or datasource”

  • In the “Parameters” tab, add a new parameter:

    • Set the “Dataset parameter name” to REPORT_CONNECTION

    • Set its corresponding Value Expression to the parameter containing the database connection statement

Once you have that ready, you will be ready to drag fields, values or parameters for that subdataset over to the List element’s area.

Example :

Lets start with some example to understand more perfectly :

Here my main idea is to create a report with positon and salary range of each employee department.

Step1: create an Employee Report :


step 2:

here I selected some fields employee id ,hiredate,fullname,position title and salary as dispayed below.


Step 3 :

lets drag and drop list element into footer position of positon group as below, now you can see a dataset1 automatically formed in report inspector and listcomponent as shown below.


Step 4:

Now lets add some querie in dataset1 with a parameter positon_id and create the same in parameter list

like below


step 5:

Drag and drop the fields from the dateset1 into the list ,dont use the fields from the main dataset.


Step 6:

now right click on list(component ) and click Edit list datasource , a pop up will be appeared in use data source expression use connection expression


step 7:

select the parameters tab and and map the parameter with the field in main report position id



step 8:

Run the report to get the desired output


This is how we can use lists in ireport..

Thank you.

Jaspersoft 6.2 Features and Upgrades

Dear Jaspersoft Users,

In this blog we would be talking about the latest version of Jaspersoft i.e. Jaspersoft 6.2 new features.

a. Advanced multi-tenant server administration capabilities

Jaspersoft in its latest release is providing more options to for administration of a multi-tenant envrionment. There is an option through which administrator can export resources for a particular user (which includes option to export data sources, domains, adhoc views, reports, dashboards, scheduled report job, other resource files, sub-organizations, dependencies, permissions, attributes and values).

Below snapshot can be referred to see the UI for the above functionality.

Jaspersoft 6.3

Jaspersoft 6.2

While exporting and then importing for some other user, the other user may/may not have certain accesses and privileges. Based on that proper warning messages appear like shown below

Jaspersoft 6.3 Import Warnings

Jaspersoft 6.2Import Warnings


b. Dashboard Improvements

There are certain small incremental improvements which Jaspersoft is making to make their dashboarding experience better (even though there is still a long way to go). In the latest release, Jaspersoft has added the option to add images to the dashboard. This image can also be fetched from a certain web link as well.

Also with the latest release, it is possible to export a dashboard in pdf/image/ODT format. Phantomjs libraries have been used for achieving this functionality. The input filters option can also appear as a popup options on top of the dashboard.

Jaspersoft 6.3 Dashboard

Jaspersoft 6.3 Dashboard

also with latest version, it is possible to drill down into the same panel by clicking on any portion of the chart.


c. Advanced charting customization options

Jaspersoft enterprise version uses highcharts. High charts provides a lot of customization option of the charts via APIs. In the latest release of Jaspersoft, they have created certain UI to trigger and have customization option of the charts. Using this some of the customizations which can be done like color, orientation, labels, reset option and position, title text, subtext, legend, panning, hover etc.

There is also a hyperlink of more information which opens a wiki page of Jaspersoft with more details regarding customization.

Jaspersoft 6.3 Charts Customization

Jaspersoft 6.2 Charts Customization


d. New charts

Treemap new chart has been added inside Jaspersoft adhoc reporting feature. Below snapshot is a treemap chart.

Jaspersoft Treemap Chart

e. Master scheduler view

With the latest version, Jaspersoft has a page wherein the loggedin user can see how many jobs have been scheduled and he is also having the option to selectively enable/disable those jobs. One user can not see the details of other users email scheduled jobs.

f. Reporting Improvements

There have been certain improvement on the jaspesoft studio or report designing level as well. In Jasper studio now there is an option to add a custom visualization component, thus any javascript (like D3 charts also) can be added inside and used.

– Also there is geojson support inside tibco geoanalytics and geomaps

In a frame multiple elements can be added, and then on resizing the frame the other elements present inside it gets resized. The same can also be done for tables so that columns fit the table element. Previously resizing was a very tedious job and this is a welcome improvement.

Jaspersoft 6.3 studio


Please get in touch with us at [email protected] for any Jaspersoft, Pentaho, ETL related requirements or queries.