# —————————————————————– # Contents: # # + What Ruport Is # + Installation # + Resources # + Hacking # # = What Ruport Is # # Ruby Reports (Ruport) is an extensible reporting system. # # It aims to be as lightweight as possible while still providing core support # for data aggregation and manipulation as well as multi-format rendering # of reports. # # Ruport provides tools for using a number of data sources, including CSV files, # ActiveRecord models, and raw SQL connections via RubyDBI (through ruport-util). # # Data manipulation is easy as there are standard structures that support # record, table, and grouping operations. These all can be extended to # implement custom behavior as needed. # # For common tasks, Ruport provides formatters for CSV, HTML, PDF, and text- # based reports. However, the real power lies in building custom report # controllers and formatters. The base formatting libraries provide a number # of helper functions that will let you build complex reports while maintaining # a DRY and consistent interface. # # To get a quick feel for what you can accomplish with Ruport, take a look at # a few simple examples provided on our web site. # # rubyreports.org/examples.html # # Since Ruport's core support is intentionally minimalistic, you may be looking # for some higher level support for specific needs such as graphing, invoices, # report mailing support, etc. For this, you may wish to take a look at the # ruport-util package, which contains some generally useful tools and libraries # to extend Ruport's capabilities. # # = Installation # # To install ruport via rubygems: # # sudo gem install ruport # # Check to see if it installed properly: # # ruby -rubygems -e “require 'ruport'; puts Ruport::VERSION” # # If you get an error, please let us know on our mailing list. # # Dependencies Details: # # – formatting # # Ruport relies on PDF::Writer and FasterCSV for its formatting support. # If you want to make use of textile helpers, you'll also need RedCloth. # # – database interaction # # If you wish to use Ruport to report against a rails project, # a camping project, or do standalone acts_as_reportable reports, you'll need # ActiveRecord and the acts_as_reportable gem. # # If you want to use Ruport::Query for raw SQL support, you'll need to # install ruport-util, RubyDBI and whatever database drivers you might need. # # = Resources # # Our developers have published a free-content book about all things # Ruport, including complete coverage of acts_as_reportable and some of # ruport-util's features. This book serves as the definitive guide to # Ruport, so all users should become acquainted with it: # # ruportbook.com # # The next best way to get help and make suggestions is the Ruport mailing list. # This software is on the move, so the list is the most reliable way of getting # up to date information. # # - You can sign up and/or view the archives here: # groups.google.com/group/ruby-reports # # If you are looking to dig a little deeper, there are a couple more resources # that may be helpful to you. # # - The latest stable API documentation is available at: # api.rubyreports.org # # - Our Trac is at: code.rubyreports.org/ruport # You may use the username ruport and password blinky to file tickets. # # = Hacking # # If you'd like to contribute code to Ruport, please join our development # mailing list, and let us know what you'd like to do! # # groups.google.com/group/ruport-dev # # It also may be worthwhile to join this list if you plan on running edge # versions of Ruport, as this is where we make announcements about major # breakage in trunk. # # We are very responsive to contributors, and review every patch we receive # fairly quickly. Most contributors who successfully get a patch or two applied # are given write access to the repositories and invited to join Ruport's # development team. Since we view every user as potential contributor, this # approach works well for us. # # So if you want to help out with Ruport, we'll happy accept your efforts!