Discoverer vs Oracle Reports

Oracle Reports generates static reports. Parameters can be defined by the developer at the time of development and cannot be added at run time unlike the Discoverer Report. Discoverer generates a much more interactive report.  In Discoverer, the end user can define parameters at run time and also add mathematical calculations to the report.

It is easier to develop reports with graphs in Discoverer than in Oracle Reports.

So if the requirement is to provide an interactive report, we would go for Discoverer Report and if  the requirement is to provide a static report we would be going for Oracle Report.

To reference a parent level element in a child level table — BI Publisher

To reference a parent level element in a child level table, you can use the “../” notation.

For example , if you have a block Department and a child block as Employee

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<!– Generated by Oracle Reports version –>





Now to reference the value of DEPT_NAME in G_EMP group , we  can use the following


You can always use the absolute path to reference any extract element anywhere in the

template. The absolute path starts with a backslash “/”.

This notation goes up to any level for the parent elements.

For example the absolute path for the above example would be  /G_DEPT/DEPT_NAME

The absolute path syntax provides better performance.

If we have 3 levels of hierarchy then we can use <?../../DEPT_NAME?>