When it comes to generate PDFs using Java the de facto solution is Jasper Reports. Even though it provides a bunch of features and a great set of tools, such as iReport and JasperSoft Studio, the developer might want a simpler and flexible alternative. Recently I was involved in a project where I had to craft reports but I felt that using iReport was getting more and more kludgy and messy with lots of subreports. Then I gave Flying Saucer a try and never looked back. For the template engine Handlebars.java was chosen due to its simplicity and my previous experience with Handlebars.js. The combination proved to be awesome!