report writer


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial.
Related to report writer: Crystal Reports

report writer

[ri′pȯrt ‚rīd·ər]
(computer science)

report writer

Software that prints a report based on a description of its layout. As a stand-alone program or part of a file or database management system, it can sort selected records into a new sequence for printing. It may also support the printing of mailing labels. Once created, the report description is stored in a file for future use.

Reports Are Defined
A report is created by defining which data fields are placed into which print columns and entering text for the page headers. Key fields and numeric fields are selected for subtotals and totals. Whenever there is a change of data in the key field, a subtotal of the numeric data is printed, and a total is printed at the end of the report. Although there is no real programming required, mathematical expressions are often used; for example COLUMN 1 = FIELD A + FIELD B.

Developed in the early 1970s, report writers, also called "report generators," were the precursor to query languages. They were the first programs to generate computer output without having to be programmed.
References in periodicals archive ?
The upgrade enhances many of the system's core modules, adding General Ledger Allocations and email capabilities to the Financial and Standard Report Writers.
Give both the vendor and end-user a fast, easy-to-use report writer and you make life easier for everyone.
The Report Writer user manual has been designed to assist Q Series users in extracting field-level information from the Q Series database.
The Q Series Report Writer was developed in response to our clients' requests to be able to customize printed output from the Q Series.
Both standard reports and the report writer allow extensive flexibility in reporting.
Report Writer can expand this to employee by client by series code by service code by transaction-a five-level report-and beyond.
CACI has worked with the VHA for several years and currently provides preferred facility-based actuarial projection models and a report writer so that the VHA staff can produce customized models.
Many accounting programs also include a report writer that can create ASCII text files.