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BIRT 2.6 Data Analysis and Reporting

John Ward

Create, Design, Format, and Deploy Reports with the world's most popular Eclipse-based Business Intelligence and Reporting Tool
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849511667
Paperback360 pages

About This Book

  • 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




Chapter - Styles, Themes, and Templates

Chapter 12 - Building Reports for Bugzilla

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
Introduction to BI
The current state of the BI market
The need for open source reporting
What is BIRT?
The origins of BIRT
Features of BIRT
Eclipse framework
BIRT distributions
Conventions used in this book
Chapter 2: Installing BIRT
BIRT prerequisites
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
Chapter 3: The BIRT Environment and First Report
A basic scenario
The BIRT perspective
The BIRT workbench
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
Chapter 4: Visual Report Items
Text and Dynamic Text
Chapter 5: Working with Data
BIRT data capabilities
Understanding the data components of BIRT
The Data Source
XML Data Source
Flat file data adapter
Creating data using the data store
Web service Data Source
Adding additional data aware components to the palette
Chapter 6: Report Parameters
Why parameterize reports?
Dataset parameters and report parameters
Dynamic Report Parameters and Filters
Cascading parameters
Parameter grouping and reports with multiple parameters
Setting default parameter values
Chapter 7: Report Projects and Libraries
Report projects
Creating new Report Projects
Importing and exporting Report Projects
Other project options
Master Pages
Chapter 8: Charts, Hyperlinks, and Drilldowns
Pie chart
Gauge chart
Bar chart
Chapter 9: Scripting and Event Handling
Types of Scripting
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
Chapter 10: Deployment
BIRT Viewer
Command line tools
Report Engine API
Outputing to different formats

What You Will Learn

  • 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.


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