When comparing Jasper Reports vs Google Charts, the Slant community recommends Jasper Reports for most people. In the question“What are the best reporting and business intelligence (BI) tools?” Jasper Reports is ranked 10th while Google Charts is ranked 13th.
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Pro Has many more output formats than Nextreports
Pro Easy to learn
Pro Eclipse-based report designer is fairly easy to use
Jasperstudio report designer is easy enough to grok. It is full of features for designing your reports in a wysiwyg manner.
Pro Can be run as a service (server version) that allows deep links to individual reports or embedded with your web app as a library
You may or may not want a server version with its own learning curve and API. With Jasper you have the option of server vs library. With either one you can whip up reports and make them available in PDF, XML, HTML, CSV, XLS, RTF or TXT format. It's not very difficult to do that with JasperReports. And there are many examples out there to learn from.
Pro Easy to use
Google Charts has a large selection of chart types to get started with and have up in running in very little time. It uses sensible defaults, but has flexible options to allow for customization when needed. Better than most other free to use Chart APIs and has great documentation provided by Google.
Pro Supports multiple Y axes
Important for trend correlation, eg. comparing number of clicks to sale amounts. Not same scales / units.
Con Geared towards Java programmers
Extremely slow to load
Con Cannot self-host
Google does not allow you to save or host the code yourself.