Wednesday, January 17, 2007

C PDF Library

In my current column in SD Times, I discuss the open-source iText library for creating PDF files. iText enables developers to create reports in PDF, HTML, and RTF from any Java application--including servlets. I mentioned in the article that I previously had looked for a PDF library in C and could not find one that was free and open source.

Eagle-eyed reader Reid Thompson kindly sent me a note pointing out the Libharu project. In my quick scan, it's not quite as feature-packed as iText, but it does cover pretty much all the functionality needed for business reports. And it has one advantage over iText that will prove compelling to some developers: Ruby bindings.

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