Is there anything out there that we can utilize with a
standard Flex app for report generation?
If Adobe is going to claim that Flex is a good choice for
enterprise applications (as advertised in the product overview), I
find it a little strange that there doesn't seem to be any form of
native support for reporting. Something on the scale of Flex
charting is probably needed... but what are the current options
Generate a pdf on the server and download it to the client?
(Whatever it is this has to cost $0, so FlashPaper isn't going to
work out here.)
What is everyone else out there doing? There has to be others
facing this decision...
I'm working on a Flex/php application and I found a good tool
for report generation : BIRT (it comes as an Eclipse plugin). You
can use visual tools to build your report, and feed data in various
formats(XML or direct DB link with JDBC). All you need is to deploy
BIRT runtime on a Tomcat server and life is beautiful :).
Within Flex you should open the report directly in browser by
calling navigateToURL(url, '_blank'). Else you may download the PDF
using a FileReference.