First of all, felt glad to see yet another reporting tool. Personally I had been hearing 'Jasper Reports' in use for long time in the market. But it looked like NOT that easy to get into it.. [Not to discourage the tool/product, but my personal opinion).
Having said the situation,
1. How easy Pentaho Reporting to get started off? I am a Java EE guy.
2. What is Petaho built on? It is a Java based app/tool?
3. To what extent it differs from Jasper Reports or iText?
4. Does Pentaho offers security enabled reports? like that of Microsoft Reporting Services offer..?
Raghavan Muthu wrote:3. To what extent it differs from Jasper Reports or iText?
Why are saying that iText has anything to do with reporting? It is a PDF generation library, that just happens to be used in Jasper Reports and it seems that Pentaho also uses it (learned it from another thread). You do know that Jasper supports many different formats, PDF happens to be just one of them, right?
P.S. I am not discrediting nor crediting any of the libraries I mentioned, I'm just mentioning the difference between iText and a higher level reporting library.