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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 interfaces and implementation classes that supports integrating the design-time part of BIRT into a reporting application. Programming with a Report Design A reporting application typically generates a report from a report design. In this type of reporting application, you develop a report design... (more)

Using JSAPI with a JBoss SEAM Component

If you are using Actuate's JSAPI to run BIRT reports and you wish to pass parameters from a SEAM component this can be done very easily. In addition you can combine SEAM remoting with the JSAPI to do some interesting things. For example assume we create a SEAM component that retrieves report parameters that we want to use with the JSAPI. The component would look similar to this: package com.actuate.seam.example; import org.jboss.seam.annotations.*; import org.jboss.seam.*; import org.jboss.seam.annotations.remoting.WebRemote; @Name("reportParameters") @Scope(ScopeType.SESSION) publi... (more)

BIRT and Struts 2

Java Developer Magazine on Ultizer BIRT offers several ways reports can be deployed. The AJAX based BIRT viewer can be deployed to your application server, the BIRT tag libraries can be used or you can deploy the Report Engine in your application. You can also modify any of the above options, given that the source is available for download. Several commercial options are also available. This post explains deploying the BIRT engine as an Action component within Struts2. It also discusses using Actuate’s JSAPI with Struts 2’s Bean tag. BIRT Engine Deployed to Struts 2 The BIRT repor... (more)

BIRT Excel Output

BIRT 2.5.2 provides a variety of tools to construct reports to analyze data. These include charts, aggregation elements, drill to detail capabilities, nested tables, data cubes and crosstabs. These features are presented very well in the AJAX based viewer when deployed to the web, supporting pagination, table of contents, and exporting of data and contents to other formats. Out of the box, BIRT supports exporting to HTML, paginated HTML, WORD, PDF, PostScript, PPT, and Excel. BIRT also provides an extension point to implement your own emitters. For an example of implementing an X... (more)

Calling Client Side JavaScript from a BIRT Chart

JavaScript Track at Cloud Expo A couple of months ago I detailed a new feature for BIRT charts that allows multiple hyperlinks to be attached to one the supported events. That post is available here. In this post I will discuss using a BIRT Text element that contains script which executes within the client browser and contains functions that are called from rendered charts. General Information BIRT currently supports interactivity on many chart components like chart series, title, axis, and the legend. The components that support interactivity will depend on the type of chart bein... (more)