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The Eclipse platform is an Open Source, integrated system of application development tools that you implement and extend using a plug-in interface. Eclipse provides a set of core plug-ins that configures the basic services for the platform's framework. A platform developer can build and integrate new tools in this application development system. Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT) is a set of plug-in extensions that lets a developer add reporting functionality to an application. The APIs in BIRT define extension points that let the developer add custom functionality to the BIRT framework. This article describes how to create a BIRT extension using the Eclipse Plug-in Development Environment (PDE). The example adds a custom report item, RotatedLabel, to the BIRT Report Designer Palette that a report developer can drag-and-drop into a report design, as shown i... (more)

How to Develop an Application Using the Eclipse BIRT Design Engine API

This article is the second in a series on developing an application using Eclipse BIRT Engine APIs. It focuses on developing an application using the Eclipse BIRT Design Engine API. The last article focused on the Eclipse BIRT Report Engine API. The Eclipse Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT) is a set of plug-in extensions that enable a developer to add reporting functionality to an application. BIRT provides a Design Engine API that a developer can use to create a customized report design application. The org.eclipse.birt.report.engine.api package contains a set of inte... (more)

BIRT Cascaded Parameters

BIRT provides the capability to use dynamic parameters to present the end user with a list of choices that are populated from a dataset. This is very useful but can cause issues when the dataset returns many rows of data. To reduce the number of items in any parameter, the developer can use a cascaded parameter, which allows multiple levels and multiple datasets. When the user selects the first level parameter in a cascaded parameter group the second level in the group is automatically re-queried. For example, if you have a customer detail report that allows the end user to selec... (more)

Developing an Application Using the Eclipse BIRT Report Engine API

The Eclipse platform is an open source, integrated system of application development tools that you implement and extend using a plug-in interface. The Eclipse Business Intelligence Reporting Tool (BIRT) is a set of plug-in extensions that enable a developer to add reporting functionality to an application. BIRT provides a Report Engine API that a developer can use to create a customized report generator application. The org.eclipse.birt.report.engine.api package contains a set of interfaces and implementation classes that supports integrating the runtime part of BIRT into an a... (more)

Accessing Spring Beans from the BIRT Designer

Java Developer Magazine on Ulitzer Recently I have described methods that can be used to access Spring Beans from the BIRT Engine. These examples are intended to be illustrative and not comprehensive. More on BIRT and Spring Calling Spring Objects from BIRT Expressions and Event Handlers In both of these examples I used the BIRT engine to retrieve Spring objects within the scripting environment. In this post I am supplying an example that illustrates how to implement your own menu in the expression builder, so Spring objects can be called within the BIRT Designer. This will allow... (more)