Integrating and Extending BIRT (Google eBook)

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Pearson Education, Jul 18, 2008 - Computers - 724 pages
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The world-wide developer community has downloaded over three million copies of BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) from the Eclipse web site. Built on the open-source Eclipse platform, BIRT is a powerful reporting system that provides an end-to-end solution, from creating and deploying reports to integrating report capabilities in enterprise applications.

The second of a two-book series on business intelligence and reporting technology, Integrating and Extending BIRT, Second Edition introduces programmers to BIRT architecture and the reporting framework. BIRT technology makes it possible for a programmer to build a customized report using scripting and BIRT APIs. A programmer can also extend the BIRT framework by creating a new plug-in using the Eclipse Plug-in Development Environment. This book provides extensive examples on how to build plug-ins to extend the features of the BIRT framework. The source code for these examples is available for download.

The topics discussed include
  • Installing and deploying BIRT
  • Deploying a BIRT report to an application server
  • Understanding BIRT architecture
  • Scripting in a BIRT report design
  • Integrating BIRT functionality into applications
  • Working with the BIRT extension framework

This second edition, revised and expanded, adds the following new content
  • Updated architectural diagrams
  • Expanded scripting examples
  • Tag library descriptions
  • In-depth description of BIRT Web Viewer
  • Configuring BIRT to use a JNDI connection
  • XML report rendering plug-in example
  • Fragment plug-in localization example
  • Open Data Access (ODA) plug-in example implementing the new Data Tools Platform (DTP) design and run-time wizards

  

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Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Part I Installing and Deploying BIRT
Chapter 1 Prerequisites for BIRT
Chapter 2 Installing a BIRT Report Designer
Chapter 3 Installing Other BIRT Packages
Chapter 4 Deploying a BIRT Report to an Application Server
Chapter 17 Extending BIRT
Chapter 18 Developing a Report Item Extension
Chapter 19 Developing a Report Rendering Extension
Chapter 20 Developing an ODA Extension
Chapter 21 Developing a Fragment
Glossary
Index
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Chapter 5 Using Eclipse BIRT Web Viewer
Part II Understanding the BIRT Framework
Chapter 6 Understanding the BIRT Architecture
Chapter 7 Understanding the Report Object Model
Part III Scripting in a Report Design
Chapter 8 Using Scripting in a Report Design
Chapter 9 Using JavaScript to Write an Event Handler
Chapter 10 Using Java to Write an Event Handler
Chapter 11 Working with Chart Event Handlers
Chapter 12 Accessing Data Programmatically
Part IV Integrating BIRT Functionality into Applications
Chapter 13 Understanding the BIRT APIs
Chapter 14 Programming using the BIRT Reporting APIs
Chapter 15 Programming using the BIRT Charting API
Part V Working with the Extension Framework
Chapter 16 Building the BIRT Project
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About the author (2008)

The authors 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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