BIRT 2.6 Data Analysis and Reporting


BIRT 2.6 Data Analysis and Reporting
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  • Design, manage, format, and deploy high-quality reports
  • Crosstab reports using the new BIRT cube designer
  • Transform raw data into visual and interactive reports
  • Includes a case study (Building Reports for Bugzilla) at the end along with a real-world example that runs throughout the book

 

 

 

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Chapter 12 - Building Reports for Bugzilla

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 360 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : July 2010
ISBN : 1849511667
ISBN 13 : 9781849511667
Author(s) : John Ward
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Big Data and Business Intelligence, Data, Java, Open Source


Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Installing BIRT
Chapter 3: The BIRT Environment and First Report
Chapter 4: Visual Report Items
Chapter 5: Working with Data
Chapter 6: Report Parameters
Chapter 7: Report Projects and Libraries
Chapter 8: Charts, Hyperlinks, and Drilldowns
Chapter 9: Scripting and Event Handling
Chapter 10: Deployment
Index
  • Chapter 1: Getting Started
    • Introduction to BI
    • The current state of the BI market
    • The need for open source reporting
    • Why BIRT?
    • What is BIRT?
    • The origins of BIRT
    • Features of BIRT
    • Eclipse framework
    • BIRT distributions
    • Conventions used in this book
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Installing BIRT
    • BIRT prerequisites
      • Software requirements
      • Hardware requirements
    • Where do I get BIRT?
    • Installing BIRT from the All-In-One package
    • Installing BIRT All-in-One under Linux
    • Installation of BIRT through the Eclipse Plugin update program
    • Building BIRT from source
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: The BIRT Environment and First Report
    • A basic scenario
    • The BIRT perspective
    • The BIRT workbench
      • The Navigator
      • The Outline
      • The Palette
      • The Data Explorer
      • Resource Explorer
      • Property Editor
    • Setting up a simple project
    • Creating a simple report
    • The hidden views
    • Getting access to cheat sheets and the simple listing report tutorial within Eclipse
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: Working with Data
    • BIRT data capabilities
    • Understanding the data components of BIRT
    • The Data Source
    • XML Data Source
    • Flat file data adapter
      • The JDBC Data Source
    • Datasets
      • Dataset for flat files
      • JDBC Datasets
      • Joined Dataset
    • Creating data using the data store
    • Tables
      • Creating tables using drag and drop
      • Creating tables manually
    • Groups
    • Lists
    • Aggregations
    • Web service Data Source
    • Adding additional data aware components to the palette
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Report Parameters
    • Why parameterize reports?
    • Dataset parameters and report parameters
      • Getting input from the user
      • Creating parameter binding the easy way
    • Dynamic Report Parameters and Filters
    • Cascading parameters
    • Parameter grouping and reports with multiple parameters
    • Setting default parameter values
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Report Projects and Libraries
    • Report projects
    • Creating new Report Projects
    • Importing and exporting Report Projects
    • Other project options
    • Libraries
      • Creating a new library
      • Adding components to a library
      • Adding a data source to a library
      • Adding a visual element to a library
      • Using components stored in a library
      • Updating components in the library to update reports
      • Adding existing components in reports to libraries
    • Master Pages
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Scripting and Event Handling
    • Types of Scripting
      • Expressions
      • Event Handling
      • Contexts
        • Adding elements to report
        • Removing elements from a report
        • Adding sorting conditions
      • Affecting behavior of report rendering based on condition through script
      • Scripted data source
      • Using Java objects as Event Handlers
      • How Chart Event Handling differs from other report items
      • Chart events and the bookmark property for interactivity
    • Multiselecting parameters and binding them to a dataset through Property Binding
    • Using the MultiSelect parameter in an Event Handler
    • Using the Innovent Custom Script Libraries for query binding
      • More scripting examples
    • Summary
  • Chapter 10: Deployment
    • BIRT Viewer
      • Installing reports into the Web Viewer
      • Accessing reports in the Web Viewer
    • Command line tools
    • Report Engine API
    • Outputing to different formats
    • Summary

John Ward

John Ward is a consultant for Innovent Solutions, specializing in BIRT and e-commerce search and navigation solutions. Prior to that, John was an Assistant Vice President for Citibank, North America, managing the training MIS group and overseeing development of new technology-based training initiatives. John actively works with and tests BIRT—an open-source reporting platform built on Eclipse—including development work based on BIRT reports and the BIRT APIs.

John also maintains The Digital Voice blog at http://digiassn.blogspot.com

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- 9 submitted: last submission 18 Mar 2013

Errata type: Grammar | Page number: 101 | Errata date: 05 January 10

Last paragraph, first sentence is: "Notice that under Dataset Type, there is an additional option to use an SQL Stored Procedure under Dataset Type." This should be: "Notice that under Data Set Type, there is an additional option to use an SQL Stored Procedure." (Data_Set and it was twice.)

 

Errata type: Technical | Page number: 103 | Errata date: 05 January 10

A few times, it says "Joined Dataset". This should be "Joint Data Set".

 

Errata type: Others | Page number: 110 | Errata date: 05 January 10

4th bullet point: "dsetFlatFilePayments:firstName and dsetFlatFilePayments" should be "dsetFlatFilePayments:firstName and dsetFlatFilePayments:lastName"

 

Errata type: Grammar | Page number: 112 | Errata date: 05 January 10

7th bullet point, 2nd sentence begins with "Under Using the Property Editor" but should be "Using the Property Editor".

 

Errata type: Typo | Page number: 147 | Errata date: January 07, 2011

6th bullet point, 3rd sentence: It says "dsprmEmplyoyeeID" instead of "dsprmEmployeeID"

Errata type: Technical | Page number: 212 | Errata date: Jan 07, 2011

2nd bullet point: "ClassicCarsLibrary.rptDesign" should be "ClassicCarsLibrary.rptLibrary"

Errata type: Technical | Page number: 242 | Errata date: Jan 07, 2011

34th bullet point: "EMPLOYEENUMBER" should be "NAME"

Errata type: Typo | Page number: 214 | Errata date: Jan 07, 2011

7th bullet point: "Use Data Set" should be "Use Data from"

Errata type: Technical

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What you will learn from this book

  • Install and set up a BIRT environment
  • Create structured reports and add visual report elements
  • Work with data from JDBC, XML, flat files, and web services
  • Filter down data to just the information you need
  • Create cross-tab reports using the new BIRT cube designer
  • Create a shared development environment using libraries
  • Use style sheets and themes in report designs
  • Use and create Templates for rapid development of similar reports
  • Everything you need to work with BIRT's chart engine
  • Learn to script in BIRT to add business logic, manipulate report elements, and handle events
  • Deploy BIRT reports with the BIRT Viewer and Report Engine API

In Detail

BIRT is an Eclipse-based open source reporting system for web applications based on Java and Java EE. To address a wide range of reporting needs within a typical application, ranging from operational or enterprise reporting to multi-dimensional online analytical processing (OLAP), you need to know BIRT from head to toe. If you wish to start making reports easily and quickly, and also want to be up-to-date with the latest developments in BIRT, then this book is for you. It will guide you from scratch to develop reports using the Eclipse BIRT project. You will learn how to connect to data, use report items to display and format data, and use scripting to build advanced reports and charts.

The book steers you through each step of report setup, to creating, designing, formatting, and deploying reports with data from a wide range of data sources. Its focus is on familiarizing you with the most visible and familiar product built with the BIRT framework – the BIRT Report Designer. It starts by introducing the concepts of business intelligence and open source software, and different installation methods. It will introduce you to the various visual report elements that can be used to design BIRT reports, such as the Palette and Grid components. You will learn the details of the data components of BIRT (the Data Source and the Data Set), different types of source data that BIRT supports such as XML files, flat text files, and databases, and the creation of all of the elements while connecting to Data Sources in reports and Report Projects. By the end of the book, you will be able to enhance the presentation of your report using Charts, Hyperlinks, and Drill Through. You will also be able to take advantage of the scripting capabilities that BIRT has to offer with Expressions and Event Handlers and successfully deploy BIRT reports.

The book includes a case study at the end along with a real-world example that runs throughout the book.

Learn to develop reports quickly using BIRT 2.6

Approach

This book is a concise and practical guide aimed at getting the results you want as quickly as possible. It steers the reader through each point of reporting from setup to scripting, designing, formatting, and deploying BIRT reports using a common example that runs through the book.

Who this book is for

If you are a Java developer and want to create rich reports using BIRT, then this book is for you. You will need a basic understanding of SQL to follow along.

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