Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Download Jasper Report in ADF format from with ADF Taskflow

I was working on JasperReports and I had a requirement to export those reports to Pdf format. Exporting reports to Pdf by using JasperReports API is straightforward, but download it with ADF may cause an issue if you are doing it inside ADF TaskFlow.

When I google for that I found most people are doing that using Response object by setting headers


      HttpServletResponse response =(HttpServletResponse) context.getExternalContext().getResponse();
      response.setHeader("Content-Disposition", "attachment;filename=\"print.pdf\"");
      response.setContentType("application/x-download");
      OutputStream out = response.getOutputStream();
      JasperExportManager.exportReportToPdfStream(jasperPrint, out);
      context.responseComplete();

This is not working if you are using ADF Taskflow and gives the exception java.net.ProtocolException: Didn't meet stated Content-Length, wrote: '0' bytes instead of stated....; but if you are calling it from within JSPX, it will work. So what we should do with ADF Taskflow? we will do the following


      <af:commandImageLink text="My PDF Download Link"
      id="cil2">
            <af:fileDownloadActionListener contentType="application/x-download"
            filename="print.pdf"
            method="#{backingBeanScope.MyBean.downlaodReport}"/>
      </af:commandImageLink>


      public void printReport(FacesContext facesContext, OutputStream out) {
            //Export to pdf code goes here
            out.close() //close the stream
      }

I think the problem is from the way ADF TaskFlows is being rendered inside page. However best practice is to use what ADF offers which - for downloading files in this case- is  fileDownloadActionListenerOperation.

5 comments:

giovanni said...

great explain, but is possible put your sample project

Hisham Galal said...

tell me what exactly you are looking for

Anonymous said...

Just when i wanted a solution to this problem. Thanks for putting it so nicely!

fakhri said...

Thanks for sharing this sample, it was helpful

fakhri

Hisham Galal said...

you are welcome and thanks