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A simple library for creating tabular PDF reports in Python using the excellent ReportLab PDF library (www.reportlab.org). Here's an example:

#!/usr/bin/env python

from podunk.project.report import Report
from podunk.widget.table import Table
from podunk.widget.heading import Heading
from podunk.prefab import alignment
from podunk.prefab.formats import format_us_currency
from podunk.prefab.formats import format_two_decimals

table = Table()

col = table.add_column('employee')

col = table.add_column('rate')
col.row.format = format_us_currency
col.row.style.horizontal_alignment = alignment.RIGHT

col = table.add_column('hours')
col.row.format = format_two_decimals
col.row.style.horizontal_alignment = alignment.RIGHT

col = table.add_column('pay')
col.row.format = format_us_currency
col.row.style.horizontal_alignment = alignment.RIGHT

for x in range(10):
table.add_row(['Smith, John', 10.0, 80.0, 800.0, ])


report = Report('test.pdf')
report.title = 'Payroll for July 18, 2008'
report.author = 'Test Script'
report.add(Heading('A Sample Payroll'))
Which creates: http://podunk.googlecode.com/files/test.pdf

InfoRequires: ReportLab PDF library for Python (www.reportlab.com) Tested on: Fedora Linux License: BSD (see the example font files for their individual licenses).

Why Podunk?I wanted a short, modest name for a short, modest project. PDF stands for Portable Document Format so I scribbled down Podofo and immediately thought of Podunk.

Main WidgetryReportA Report assembles one or more Headers and Tables into a PDF with a title, date, author, and page numbering on each page.


pdf_file - name of the file to create title author page_width - in picas page_height - in picas left_margin - default 54 picas (3/4") top_margin - default 72 picas (1") right_margin - default 54 picas (3/4") bottom_margin - 72 picas (1") canvas - the ReportLab Canvas object in case you need lower level access


Add() - Add a report printable object, currently a Header or Table. Create() - create the PDF

HeadingA Heading object is simply a bold, centered Field object (see below) with some vertical padding. It's used much like the HTML tag of the same name -- an optional label for a Table that follows.


field - a Field object skip - vertical space to pad above the Heading text, default is 10 picas

TableA Table object is where most of the work gets done. You define columns then add rows of data. Columns and rows are printed in the order they are added.


row_padding - Space between rows, default is 0 column_padding - Space between columns, default is 4


add_column(column_name ,width) - Define a new column. Columns are printed in the order added. Returns the Column object created for tweaking.

add_row(list) - add a row of data provided as a Python list in the same order as the columns were defined. add_dict(dictionary) - add a row of data using a dictionary where the keys match column names. Unlike add_row(), you may omit columns and they will be filled with None. average_column(column_name) - Fills in the footer with the average of values in the column. None values are skipped. count_column(column_name) - Fills in the footer with the count of rows in the column. None values are skipped. sum_column(column_name) - Fills in the footer with the sum of values in the column. get_header_field(column_name) - return the header Field for specified column name. get_row_field(column_name) - return the row Field for specified column name. get_footer_field(column_name) - return the footer Field for specified column name. auto_width(canvas) - Shrinks each column to fit the width of the widest element, including headers and footers. auto_grow(canvas, width) - Scales the entire table to the given width. Columns are proportional to the width of their elements. total_width() - Returns the width of Table; all columns + padding. Sub WidgetryYou can ignore these unless you want to tweak or extend the formatting of table elements.

FieldMost of what you display in Podunk is done via Fields. Fields are made up of the following bits:

width - Default is 72 (one inch) height - Default is 11 box - See below style - See below value - Any Python data type. You would have to provide format functions for really odd ones, though. format -See below BoxA Box object creates a rectangular background with zero to four borders.


left_border - Width in 1/72 of an inch, None = No line (default for all) top_border right_border bottom_border border_color - Color in a triple of RGB in the range 0.0 = 1, e.g. (0,1,0) = green border_style - Dash on, dash off dublet, (1,0) = solid background_color - Color in a triple of RGB in the range 0.0 = 1, e.g. (.5,.5,.5) = half grey line_cap - Type of line endings, see the ReportLab docs for more info.

StyleA Style object controls the display of text.


font - A Podunk Font object, default is HELVETICA bold - default False italic - default False size - Font size in picas, default is 7 horizontal_padding - amount of space from horizontal edges in 1/72 of an inch, default is 2 vertical_padding - amount of space from vertical edges in 1/72 of an inch, default is 3 color = Color for the font, default is black (.0,.0,.0) horizontal_alignment - default is left vertical_alignment - default is bottom

FormatFormats are simply functions that accept a field's value and return a string. For example, here's a format that converts a float into US currency:

def format_us_currency(value):
Returns value in monetary format, 2 decimal places, comma separated
every three digits with a leading dollar sign.
foo = locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL,('en','ascii'))
if value == None:
retval = ''
retval = '$ ' + locale.format("%.2f", float(value), True)
return retvalColumnA Column object is a vertical set of data with a header, zero or more rows, and an optional footer.


name width - default is 72 picas (1") header - A Field object that controls the look/format of the column name row - A Field object that controls the look/format of the rows footer - A Field object that controls the look/format of the footer. A footer will not print if the value is None (default).


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