This manual will help you learn about the extensive capabilities of Reports Builder (the report-building component of Oracle Reports), how to build different types of reports, and how to customize your reports to meet a wide variety of requirements.
This manual is intended for anyone who uses Oracle Reports to build reports. The needs of both novice and advanced users are addressed. Following the step-by-step instructions, you can build the example reports from start to finish. Each report that you build will demonstrate how to use many of the powerful features in Reports Builder.
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Oracle Reports online Help, which is available in Oracle Reports Builder or hosted on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), as described in Section 4.1.1, "Using the Oracle Reports online Help".
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The supporting files for the reports you will build are available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN): on the Oracle Reports page (
http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/reports/index.html), click Getting Started to display the Getting Started with Oracle Reports home page. In the list of topic sections on the left, click Index. In the Topic list, choose Building and Developing Reports; in the Collateral Type list, choose Examples, then click Search. In the list of topics that displays, find Building Reports sample files and click the Download icon to download a zip file, called
buildingreports_examples.zip. This zip file contains subfolders that correspond to the names of each chapter. Each of the subfolders contains all the supporting files (example reports, images, SQL query code, and so on) necessary for building the individual reports. Extract this zip file into
\examples (for example,
Additionally, the remaining examples in Getting Started with Oracle Reports provide a Web-based selection of examples in this manual, as well as examples not covered in this manual.
The SCOTT, Human Resources, Sales History, and Order Entry schemas are available with the Oracle Database. You can contact your database administrator for more information on where to find these schemas. You can download the SQL scripts to install the Summit Sporting Goods (SUMMIT) schema from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN): on the Oracle Reports page (
http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/reports/index.html), click Getting Started to display the Getting Started with Oracle Reports home page. In the list of topic sections on the left, click Index. In the Topic list, choose Building and Developing Reports; in the Collateral Type list, choose Tools/Utilities, then click Search. In the list of tools and utilities that displays, click the Download icon to download the SQL scripts to install the SUMMIT sample schema.