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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)