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Best practice for major changes in reports

Kenneth Hansen
on 4/19/16, 5:44 AM 614 views


As part of customizing the reports in Odoo to match our current layout for invoices,I have to make some major structural changes to the default invoice report template.

As I understand I have to write an addon for Odoo and use xpath to replace the parts I want to change.

Since I have to move multiple parts of the report to a different positon, I figured the easiest way would be to just create an xpath expression that targeted the entire template and the copy the contents of the original invoice template and modify the contents from there.

Another solution would be to target the individual parts of the report and create blank replacements for the parts that require it, which I think gives a lot of code that would not make sense.

My question is now what the best practice is when I have to move multiple parts of the report to a different location?        

Ray Carnes
On 2/10/17, 11:24 AM

You don't necessarily have to write something if all you want to do is make changes to an existing report.

You can do it via the UI (create a new QWEB view that inherits and extends the base view).  Conceptually it is doing what your addon would do, but it may be easier.

See http://ursainfosystems.com/homesite/upgrade-safe-changes-to-odoo-views/ for the same strategy for regular views.

Your approach depends on what other modules may change the same report.

It is more polite to change just the parts you need, even if this means twelve indivudual xpath changes over one big one.  If you are the only one changing the report, and you won't install other moduels that will, then one big change is fine.

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