The class libraries that come with the JRE have no provisions for creating PDFs. Check out iText, which is the premier open source library to create PDFs. Its 2.x versions run under Java 1.4, while the 5.x versions requires Java 5.
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Why are third party libraries not allowed? Is it because of licensing? Because yes, iText's licensing (AGPL) can be a reason to not use it.
Nothing prevents you from rewriting something similar from scratch, but you should tell your project manager that that will require several months of extra work. Perhaps purchasing a commercial library is cheaper.
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The licensing is the problem. At worst case the both open source and commercial products are not allowed.
I know the producing of the PDF is not simple, I have been involved in several projects where one task has been PDF producing. But now the situation is a lot more challenging