BIRT, a field guide to reporting by Diana Peh, Alethea Hannemann, Nola Hague

By Diana Peh, Alethea Hannemann, Nola Hague

The 1st in a two-book sequence approximately enterprise Intelligence and Reporting know-how, BIRT: A box advisor to Reporting introduces reporting to a huge base of clients. equipped at the Eclipse platform, this interesting expertise allows for programmers and non-programmers to construct and installation complicated experiences with minimum effort.BIRT: A box advisor to Reporting offers information regarding easy methods to increase and customise reviews of revolutionary complexity utilizing BIRT document clothier. This device was once designed from the floor up for net functions and makes use of an internet page-oriented layout metaphor unlike older banded record writers that have been built ahead of the arrival of the web. This new angle to file production makes BIRT an approachable and potent device for builders of all levels.Report designs mentioned contain * directory stories that come with sorting, grouping, and totals * precis experiences, reminiscent of most sensible N reviews * Charts, together with pie, line, bar, and gauge charts * Master-detail reportsOther subject matters mentioned contain * realizing the expertise * making plans file designs * having access to information * Laying out and formatting reviews * development charts * bettering experiences with interactive viewing, shared libraries, and localized textual content * getting ready studies for overseas facts

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There are 24 BIRT language packs, four each for the following six BIRT products: ■ BIRT Report Designer Full Eclipse Install ■ BIRT Report Designer ■ BIRT RCP Report Designer ■ BIRT Report Engine ■ BIRT Chart Engine ■ BIRT Framework SDK Each of the four language packs contains support for a specific set of languages. The names of the language packs are identical for each product, although the archive file names differ. The following list describes the four language packs and the languages that they support: ■ NLpack1 The NLpack1 language pack supports German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, traditional Chinese, and simplified Chinese.

You expand or collapse parts of the report by choosing the plus (+) or minus (–) signs. Outline also shows all the resources that are used by or defined in a report, including data sources, data sets, libraries, and styles. You can select items in Outline to edit, delete, rename, or copy them. Problems Problems displays messages about errors in the report designs in the current project. It describes the error, says which report file contains the error, provides the location of the file, and indicates the line numbers in which the error occurs.

You can also view the report in the BIRT report viewer. The report viewer, shown in Figure 4-7, is an interactive viewer that provides report users with the capability to jump to specific pages or to specific sections of a report, to run a report to get the latest data, and to export report data to a comma-separated values (CSV) file. Table of contents Page navigation Figure 4-7 BIRT Report Viewer The following list describes the ways to preview a report: ■ To preview a report in the interactive report viewer, choose File➛View Report in Web Viewer.

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