Tip : Usage of COLUMN_NUMBER variable in Jaspersoft Studio reports

Sadakar Pochampalli
JasperSoft BI Suite Tutorials - Sadakar Pochampalli )

Hi folks,

Recently, I wrote about the usage of horizontal display (looks like vertical display) of sql output in jaspersoft studio at read it here.

At report level to display the row number with detail band we use "REPORT_COUNT" variable, what if you want to display the column numbers when displaying the records in horizontal view(looks like vertical) ?

Use "COLUMN_NUMBER" variable in a text expression. i.e., ${COLUMN_NUMBER}.


Watch video tutorial for the same example below(with voice)


Sample screenshot is shown in below: (An example of fixed number of customers to display)

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Sample screenshot of the report design: 

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Variable usage : 

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JRXML: ( Supports in 6.4.2 Pro or later) - The example uses "foodmart" db of postgresql.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!-- Created with Jaspersoft Studio version 6.4.2.final using JasperReports Library version 6.4.1  -->
<jasperReport xmlns="http://jasperreports.sourceforge.net/jasperreports" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://jasperreports.sourceforge.net/jasperreports http://jasperreports.sourceforge.net/xsd/jasperreport.xsd" name="ColumnNumber" columnCount="10" printOrder="Horizontal" pageWidth="1000" pageHeight="240" columnWidth="100" leftMargin="0" rightMargin="0" topMargin="0" bottomMargin="0" uuid="4b5118e2-f385-4f14-a743-8c42ce6f64f8">
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.data.sql.tables" value=""/>
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.data.defaultdataadapter" value="foodmart"/>
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.unit." value="pixel"/>
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.unit.pageHeight" value="pixel"/>
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.unit.pageWidth" value="pixel"/>
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.unit.topMargin" value="pixel"/>
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.unit.bottomMargin" value="pixel"/>
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.unit.leftMargin" value="pixel"/>
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.unit.rightMargin" value="pixel"/>
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.unit.columnWidth" value="pixel"/>
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.unit.columnSpacing" value="pixel"/>
<queryString language="SQL">
<![CDATA[SELECT * FROM customer limit 10]]>
</queryString>
<field name="customer_id" class="java.lang.Integer"/>
<field name="account_num" class="java.lang.Long"/>
<field name="lname" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="fname" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="mi" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="address1" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="address2" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="address3" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="address4" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="city" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="state_province" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="postal_code" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="country" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="customer_region_id" class="java.lang.Integer"/>
<field name="phone1" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="phone2" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="birthdate" class="java.sql.Date"/>
<field name="marital_status" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="yearly_income" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="gender" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="total_children" class="java.lang.Integer"/>
<field name="num_children_at_home" class="java.lang.Integer"/>
<field name="education" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="date_accnt_opened" class="java.sql.Date"/>
<field name="member_card" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="occupation" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="houseowner" class="java.lang.String"/>
<field name="num_cars_owned" class="java.lang.Integer"/>
<field name="fullname" class="java.lang.String"/>
<title>
<band height="30">
<textField>
<reportElement mode="Opaque" x="0" y="0" width="1000" height="30" backcolor="#C4BFBE" uuid="f5f8aa2e-b32c-4e01-9cd4-eced9709e8e5">
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.unit.height" value="pixel"/>
</reportElement>
<textElement textAlignment="Center" verticalAlignment="Middle">
<font size="20" isBold="true"/>
</textElement>
<textFieldExpression><![CDATA["COLUMN_NUMBER variable usage"]]></textFieldExpression>
</textField>
</band>
</title>
<detail>
<band height="210" splitType="Stretch">
<property name="com.jaspersoft.studio.unit.height" value="pixel"/>
<textField>
<reportElement x="0" y="30" width="100" height="30" uuid="c06c9319-9184-44f7-93ea-727751f38877"/>
<box leftPadding="5">
<topPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<leftPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<bottomPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<rightPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
</box>
<textElement textAlignment="Left" verticalAlignment="Middle"/>
<textFieldExpression><![CDATA[$F{customer_id}]]></textFieldExpression>
</textField>
<textField>
<reportElement x="0" y="60" width="100" height="30" uuid="64bcc1b5-899e-4433-a3a7-b73e8d4a5dfc"/>
<box leftPadding="5">
<topPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<leftPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<bottomPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<rightPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
</box>
<textElement textAlignment="Left" verticalAlignment="Middle"/>
<textFieldExpression><![CDATA[$F{fullname}]]></textFieldExpression>
</textField>
<textField>
<reportElement x="0" y="90" width="100" height="30" uuid="6628fe84-1bc9-42c2-9d5f-d08e0f9b891a"/>
<box leftPadding="5">
<topPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<leftPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<bottomPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<rightPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
</box>
<textElement textAlignment="Left" verticalAlignment="Middle"/>
<textFieldExpression><![CDATA[$F{country}]]></textFieldExpression>
</textField>
<textField>
<reportElement x="0" y="120" width="100" height="30" uuid="0b1a3b1f-3878-4e64-a5fc-ca33cda52c66"/>
<box leftPadding="5">
<topPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<leftPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<bottomPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<rightPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
</box>
<textElement textAlignment="Left" verticalAlignment="Middle"/>
<textFieldExpression><![CDATA[$F{yearly_income}]]></textFieldExpression>
</textField>
<textField>
<reportElement x="0" y="150" width="100" height="30" uuid="33c68e73-de62-4287-9154-9a1f76730d3a"/>
<box leftPadding="5">
<topPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<leftPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<bottomPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<rightPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
</box>
<textElement textAlignment="Left" verticalAlignment="Middle"/>
<textFieldExpression><![CDATA[$F{gender}]]></textFieldExpression>
</textField>
<textField>
<reportElement x="0" y="180" width="100" height="30" uuid="a8e7cf7d-26de-4078-ae16-c9e6322bdd0c"/>
<box leftPadding="5">
<topPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<leftPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<bottomPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<rightPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
</box>
<textElement textAlignment="Left" verticalAlignment="Middle"/>
<textFieldExpression><![CDATA[$F{occupation}]]></textFieldExpression>
</textField>
<textField>
<reportElement mode="Opaque" x="0" y="0" width="100" height="30" backcolor="#E3E1E1" uuid="dc7a89ed-2fe5-4b5a-a7c2-ec32148e009a"/>
<box>
<topPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<leftPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<bottomPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
<rightPen lineWidth="1.0" lineStyle="Solid" lineColor="#000000"/>
</box>
<textElement textAlignment="Center" verticalAlignment="Middle">
<font isBold="true"/>
</textElement>
<textFieldExpression><![CDATA["Customer"+" "+$V{COLUMN_NUMBER}]]></textFieldExpression>
</textField>
</band>
</detail>
</jasperReport>

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