"Kugar may still only be a cub, but the report generator and
viewing tool for KDE is prowling the open source jungle, hungrily
eyeing the mainstream business desktop since its 1.0 release
"Developer Phil Thompson explains how the newest cub in the KDE
pride fits in with the environment as a whole. "Kugar, although it
has a stand-alone viewer, is mainly useful as a KPart. KParts is
the KDE architecture for implementing re-usable components where a
component is a set of functionality and the user and application
interfaces to use that functionality," Thompson explains. "So,
while an application can generate data for a template and the user
can pull up the stand-alone viewer to look at the formatted report,
it's much more likely that the application will use the KPart and,
by magic, the application now has a seamless report generation and
viewing capability." Examples of XML data files and a resulting
report can be viewed here."
"In addition to creating reports, Kugar could also be useful for
reports that need to be archived, Thompson says. "Kugar reports
would be extremely efficient to archive. Traditionally with
document archiving you store an image of the the document--with
Kugar the data and template would take up very little storage."
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