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By: Juarez Alvares Barbosa Junior - juarezjunior

Problems with collections in our reports

2003-12-03 09:58

Hi, I am just copying my question and the advice provided by Mr. Teodor Danciu, in case other people have the same doubt.


Dear Mr. Teodor Danciu,


We are considering the adoption of JasperReports as the report engine to our J2EE projects and currently I am conducting some tests using it.


I am having difficulties trying to generate a report using the dori.jasper.engine.data.JRBeanCollectionDataSource data source.


The problem is that our beans (VOs) have collections of other beans (VOs) and I did not find any information of what to do in such a situation.


I've found the reply below from you where you explain that when we have a parent bean and a child one we just need to declare the field as

java.lang.Object, perform the cast to the appropriate type and invoke the

methods in a expression.




That's ok !!! I also have this same structure (MemberVO has a JugVO) but what about collections ?


Attached is the code of our VOs (the ones in the list passed in to the constructor of JRBeanCollectionDataSource). Please note that this value object has a Set of courses (which are CourseVOs)...


May you advise something regarding this issue ?


I am looking forward to your reply !


Thanks a lot !



public class MemberVO implements Serializable {


private Set courses;


private JugVO jug;


//getters and setters for each field





If you want to list information from a child collection, then you need to

use subreports.

The main report will iterate through the main collection of objects and for

each of them

you'll probably have a subreport that will iterate through the collection of



Check the "subreport" sample provided. You'll supply to your subreport a


that will wrap the children collection just as you do for the main report.

You'll use the

<dataSourceExpression> tag.


I hope this helps.


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