Dates in Jasper iReport – Expression for default values

This post teach you how to play with default date parameters & calculations on dates in jasper iReport.
In this tutorial you learn how to make use of  “SimpleDateFormat” class and java.util.Calendar class.

I) Let us start with Report Start(Start Date) and Report End(Report End) parameters.

In some reports you need to give default parameters in your start date and end date.
Start Date = Previous month 1st day
End Date= Previous month last day
Qn :
 How to write default expression for this ?
$P{cal}  is a parameter used to reduce the expression complexity.
Start Date: ( java.util.Date)
$P{cal}.add(java.util.Calendar.MONTH, -1) ||
$P{cal}.set(java.util.Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH, 1)
? null : $P{cal}.getTime()
 End Date(java.util.Date)
$P{cal}.set(java.util.Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH, $P{cal}.getActualMaximum(java.util.Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH))
? null : $P{cal}.getTime()
Sample output(i.e., default values in the date place holders would be)
Star Date :  2013-10-01
End Date : 2013-10-31

II) To get the individuals of a date using SimpleDateFormat class.

From Report Start  Date($P{ReportStart})
Integer.parseInt(new SimpleDateFormat(“yyyy”).format($P{ReportStart}))
Integer.parseInt(new SimpleDateFormat(“MM”).format($P{ReportStart}))
Integer.parseInt(new SimpleDateFormat(“dd”).format($P{ReportStart})) 
Similarly you can extract the parts of the date for ReportEnd parameter($P{ReportEnd} )

III) To get the current parts of the date from Calendar class in iReport


Adding dollar($) sign to X-axis lables(values) for bar charts in pentaho CDE

Hi Guys,
Using below java script one can easily add ‘$’ sign to the values of X-axis for any charts in pentaho CDE.

function f(v) { return “$” + sprintf(‘%d’, v/1000) + ‘k’; }

Write the java code in “orthoAxisTickFormatter” java script wizard.

Make sure to give orthoAxisTicks as “True”
Sample output:

This code works with 13.06 as well with 13.09 version of pentaho CDE.

Also note that in java script if one line is not executing then the remaining lines will not execute. i.e., for instance you have 10 lines of code and 4th line is not executed then the remaining lines will not execute. Check with an alert function.

Sadakar Pochampalli
BI developer


Bar chart with Target lines in pentaho CDE – making bars as lines using java script in pentaho CDE

Hi guys,
This post teach you how to make bars as lines in pentaho CDE.
Source for this post is :
Scenario : Some end users wants visualization of grouped bars as lines where one of the bar is as bar and remaining bars as targeted lines on the same bar.
Properties have to give:

Plot2 : True

Find the remaining properties in below image: version of CDE is : 13.06 but will work in higher versions also.


In “Extension points” for the chart component you need to give 3 properties from the first link.

They are

extensionPoints: {
plot2Dot_shape: ‘bar’,
plot2Dot_shapeSize: function() {
var diam = ||

return this.finished(diam);
plot2Dot_shapeAngle: function() {
return this.chart.isOrientationHorizontal() ? 0 : -Math.PI/2;

NOTE: Find the image for how to give the above code as properties in Extension points of chart  component.

 Sample output of the chart on dashboard after giving the above properties.

BI developer
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