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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 XML emitter see Developing an Eclipse BIRT XML Report Rendering Extension or BIRT: Writing an Emitter. As stated earlier BIRT supports exporting to Excel. The BIRT Excel emitter creates a Microsoft Office XML XLS document that can be opened in Microsoft Office 2003 or greater. To use this fea... (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)

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)

Java Feature — Developing an Eclipse BIRT Report Item Extension

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 t... (more)

Raising Errors in Event Handlers

Let me start with a simple scenario.  You are writing a BIRT event handler and you expect the user to set a UserDefinedProperty that will guide the event handler code.  How do you handle the situation where the user forgets to add the UserDefinedVariable?  How do you provide a message back to the user to help them solve the problem? In the past I have focused on using logging and stepping through code.  While effective, it requires the person using your event handler code to have a relatively high level of sophistication.  Wouldn't it be great if you could pass an error message f... (more)