BIRT: A Field Guide (Google eBook)

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Addison-Wesley Professional, Feb 9, 2011 - Computers - 794 pages
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More than ten million people have downloaded BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) from the Eclipse web site, and more than one million developers are estimated to be using BIRT. Built on the open source Eclipse platform, BIRT is a powerful report development system that provides an end-to-end solution–from creating and deploying reports to integrating report capabilities in enterprise applications.

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The first in a two-book series about this exciting technology, BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting, Third Edition, is the authoritative guide to using BIRT Report Designer, the graphical tool that enables users of all levels to build reports, from simple to complex, without programming.

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This book is an essential resource for users who want to create presentation-quality reports quickly. The extensive examples, step-by-step instructions, and abundant illustrations help new users develop report design skills. Power users can find the information they need to make the most of the product’s rich set of features to build sophisticated and compelling reports.

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Readers of this book learn how to

  • Design effective corporate reports that convey complex business information using images, charts, tables, and cross tabs
  • Build reports using data from multiple sources, including databases, spreadsheets, web services, and XML documents
  • Enliven reports with interactive features, such as hyperlinks, tooltips, and highlighting
  • Create reports using a consistent style, and, drawing on templates and libraries of reusable elements, collaborate with other report designers
  • Localize reports for an international audience

The third edition, newly revised, adds updated examples, contains close to 1,000 new and replacement screenshots, and covers all the new and improved product features, including

  • Result-set sharing to create dashboard-style reports
  • Data collation conforming to local conventions
  • Using cube data in charts, new chart types, and functionality
  • Displaying bidirectional text, used in right-to-left languages
  • Numerous enhancements to cross tabs, page management, and report layout

  

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Contents

Foreword
Getting Started
Acknowledgments
UnderstandingEclipseBIRT packages
Overviewof the report design process
Reportdesign views Report editor Palette
Lay outthereport
Sort the data Task 7 Format the report
item
Grouping andsortingcategory data Grouping dateandtime data
Defining a meter chart
Overview of formatting Formatting specific types of charts Formatting an area chart
Presenting Data in a Cross
Add grandtotals
Using datafromachart Part V Enhancing Reports Chapter 22 Designinga Multipage Report Planning the page layout Controlling pagination
other text

Setting connection properties whena reportruns
Troubleshooting datasource problems Chapter 6 Retrieving Data About data sets
source
Viewing and changing output columns
Usingalabel element
Grouping data Grouping data by intervals
Types of SQL filter conditions
Filtering dataafter rowretrieval
Change the date formats Change thenumber formats Increase the vertical space between elements Chapter 17 Using a Chart Surveying the types ofch...
About stock charts
Using chart subtypes
image
Specifying page size orientation and margins
Linking to a sectionin adifferentreport
Adding interactive chart features
Chart formatsand supported actions Adding interactiveelements toanHTML report
wizard
Localizing Text
static text
Editing a resource file
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Diana Peh, Nola Hague, and Jane Tatchell are members of the extended BIRT development team and have backgrounds in both computer science and technical writing. Collectively, they have many years of experience in technical consulting, training, writing, and publishing about reporting, business intelligence tools, and database technologies.

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