TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Crystal Reports, JasperReports and many other report writers are conventionally used in software development practices when it comes to producing printer-ready reports.

It would appear that a LaTeX based template engine could be successfully used instead to produce such reports. This could be especially convenient for software houses well familiar with LaTeX (e.g. where it is used to produce technical and other documentation).

Had anyone heard of any effort in this direction? Some FOSS project?

share|improve this question
See the latest TeX.sx blog entry! tex.blogoverflow.com/2012/03/… – qubyte Mar 19 '12 at 7:28
Yes... it must in the air (: – 01es Mar 19 '12 at 7:30
In the past I have used awk or Perl to generate LaTeX source code and then run the reports. I was generating individual grade sheet reports for students from my grades database. More recently I have generated statistical analyses using LaTeX and R with the Sweave package for R. (a new package knitr is available and has some very nice additional features, but I have not used it yet) – R. Schumacher Mar 19 '12 at 15:50

With knitr there is a new player on the field which tries to overcome a few of Sweave's limitations. Find more information at https://github.com/yihui/knitr

share|improve this answer

I frequently use Latex alongside R and Sweave to generate reports in data mining and ETL type projects. It works well and produces professional looking output.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.