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LinuxNews.com: KDE's Kugar Stalks Business Desktop

Sep 25, 2000, 19:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

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"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 September 21."

"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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