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Choosing between JavaScript and Java

Both JavaScript and Java have advantages and disadvantages when writing an event handler. For a developer who is familiar with only one of the two languages, the advantage of using the familiar language is obvious, but for others the decision depends on the report requirements.

The advantages of using JavaScript to write an event handler include:

Adding a JavaScript event handler to a report is less complicated than adding an event handler written in Java. To write a JavaScript event handler, there is no need to create a Java environment in Eclipse or to learn the Eclipse Java development process. There is no requirement to specify a package, implement an interface, or know the parameters of the event handler you write.
To add a JavaScript event handler, first select the name of the event handler from a drop-down list on the Script tab. Then, type the code.
JavaScript is less demanding to code than Java due to its more relaxed requirements.

The advantages of using Java to write an event handler include:

The Eclipse Java development environment is very powerful and includes such features as autocompletion, context sensitive help, keyboard shortcuts, and parameter hints.
All the Java event handlers for a report exist in readily viewable Java files. By contrast, the JavaScript event handlers are embedded in the design and you can view only one handler at a time.

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