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Calling BIRT reports from Wicket using Actuate’s JSAPI

I have written several posts on how to use the Actuate JSAPI to integrate with various frameworks. In this post I will detail integrating with Wicket. For more information on the JSAPI see this post:

Showing BIRT Reports using the Actuate JSAPI

Wicket can call BIRT reports with the JSAPI in a similar fashion as other front end frameworks that allow AJAX based APIs, where JavaScript is just embedded into the HTML. An HTML file based on the Hello World Wicket example may look similar to the following.

<title>Actuate JSAPI Wicket Example</title>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
<title>Viewer creation example</title>
<span wicket:id="message">message will be here</span>

<div id="acviewer" />

<div id="jsapi_example_container"><script type="text/javascript"
src="http://localhost:8080/ActuateJavaComponent/jsapi"></script> <script
type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript">

var viewer;
function initViewer()
viewer = new actuate.Viewer("acviewer");
var viewerwidth = 800;
var viewerheight = 620;
Using a Wicket Behavior to write out this code
function run()
viewer.setParameters({"Customer":"CAF Imports"});
viewer.setReportName("/Public/BIRT and BIRT Report Studio Examples/Customer Order History.rptdesign");


This example will look very familiar to other examples in the JSAPI overview post. The only real difference is the addition of the wicket message, which is generated by my instance of the Wicket Web Page class. You will notice that the run JavaScript function is hard coding the report name and parameters. This may be something you want to handle in the Java code, to make it more dynamic. One way of handling this is to use Wicket Behaviors to create custom components. You could use a Behavior to write out all the above JavaScript, but we will keep it simple and just write out the run script. So the first thing to do is to create a class that extends the AbstractBehavior class.

package jsapi.wicket.sample;

import org.apache.wicket.Component;
import org.apache.wicket.Response;
import org.apache.wicket.behavior.AbstractBehavior;
import org.apache.wicket.util.string.JavascriptUtils;

public class ReportComponent extends AbstractBehavior{

private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;

public void onRendered(Component component) {
Response response = component.getResponse();
response.write("function run(){");
response.write("viewer.setParameters({\"Customer\":\"CAF Imports\"});");
response.write("viewer.setReportName(\"/Public/BIRT and BIRT Report Studio Examples/Customer Order History.rptdesign\");");


This class overides the onRendered method to write out the entire run script from the HTML above. I can now modify my extended WebPage class to add an instance of the ReportComponent class.

package jsapi.wicket.sample;

import org.apache.wicket.PageParameters;
import org.apache.wicket.markup.html.WebPage;
import org.apache.wicket.markup.html.basic.Label;

public class ReportParameter extends WebPage {

private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;

public ReportParameter(final PageParameters parameters) {

// Add the simplest type of label
Label myLabel = new Label("message", "Actuate JSAPI Wicket Example");
ReportComponent rc = new ReportComponent();

The script is written below the Label component.
Finally the HTML should have the run JavaScript function commented out. The output from this example is as follows.

The generated HTML looks like:

Note that you can use the built in view time functions like selecting new parameters and rerunning the report without any additional code.

The example files can be downloaded from Birt-Exchange.

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Jason Weathersby is a member of the extended BIRT development team at Actuate Corporation and has backgrounds in both computer science and technical writing. He has many years experience in technical consulting, training, writing, and publishing about reporting, business intelligence tools, and database technologies.

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