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Integrating and Extending BIRT

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This is the eBook version of the printed book. 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 includeInstalling and deploying BIRTDeploying a BIRT report to an application serverUnderstanding BIRT architectureScripting in a BIRT report designIntegrating BIRT functionality into applicationsWorking with the BIRT extension frameworkThis second edition, revised and expanded, adds the following new contentUpdated architectural diagramsExpanded scripting examplesTag library descriptionsIn-depth description of BIRT Web ViewerConfiguring BIRT to use a JNDI connectionXML report rendering plug-in exampleFragment plug-in localization exampleOpen Data Access (ODA) plug-in example implementing the new Data Tools Platform (DTP) design and run-time wizards

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword xix

Preface xxi

Acknowledgments xxix

Part I: Installing and Deploying BIRT 1

Chapter 1: Prerequisites for BIRT 3

Downloading Eclipse BIRT components 3

BIRT Report Designer software requirements 5

About types of BIRT builds 7

Chapter 2: Installing a BIRT Report Designer 9

Installing BIRT Report Designer Full Eclipse Install 9

Installing BIRT RCP Report Designer 10

Troubleshooting installation problems 11

Installing a language pack 13

Updating a BIRT Report Designer installation 14

Updating BIRT RCP Report Designer installation 15

Chapter 3: Installing Other BIRT Packages 17

Installing Chart Engine 17

Installing BIRT Data Tools Platform Integration 19

Installing BIRT Demo Database 19

Installing Report Engine 21

Installing BIRT Samples 23

Installing BIRT Source Code 23

Chapter 4: Deploying a BIRT Report to an Application Server 27

About application servers 27

Placing the BIRT report viewer on an application server 28

Placing fonts on the application server 33

Viewing a report using a browser 33

Using connection pooling on Tomcat 34

Chapter 5: Using Eclipse BIRT Web Viewer 39

Understanding Eclipse BIRT Web Viewer 39

Understanding Web Viewer architecture 44

Using the Web Viewer Deployment wizard 61

Part II: Understanding the BIRT Framework 81

Chapter 6: Understanding the BIRT Architecture 83

Understanding the BIRT integration 83

About the BIRT applications 87

About the BIRT engines and services 88

About the types of BIRT report items 90

About the Report Object Model (ROM) 91

About the types of BIRT files 91

About custom Java applications 93

About extensions to BIRT 93

Chapter 7: Understanding the Report Object Model 95

About the ROM specification 95

About the ROM schema 98

About the rom.def file 98

About the primary ROM elements 101

About the report item elements 102

About the data elements 103

Part III: Scripting in a Report Design 105

Chapter 8: Using Scripting in a Report Design 107

Overview of BIRT scripting 107

Events overview 108

Event order sequence 115

Chapter 9: Using JavaScript to Write an Event Handler 127

Using BIRT Report Designer to enter a JavaScript event handler 127

Using the reportContext object 130

Using the this object 135

Using the row object 138

Getting column information 139

Getting and altering the query string 140

Changing the connection properties of a data source 140

Getting a parameter value 141

Determining method execution sequence 142

Tutorial 1: Writing an event handler in JavaScript 144

JavaScript event handler examples 149

Calling Java from JavaScript 151

Calling the method of a class that resides in a plug-in 153

Chapter 10: Using Java to Write an Event Handler 155

Writing a Java event handler class 155

Writing a Java event handler 161

Understanding the BIRT interfaces 166

Java event handler example 173

Debugging a Java event handler 180

Chapter 11: Working with Chart Event Handlers 183

Chart events overview 183

Understanding when chart events trigger 185

Writing a Java chart event handler 204

Writing a JavaScript chart event handler 208

Using the simplified charting API 211

Chapter 12: Accessing Data Programmatically 217

Using a Scripted Data Source 217

Tutorial 2: Creating and scripting a scripted data source 219

Creating a web services data source using a custom connection class 228

Part IV: Integrating BIRT Functionality into Applications 233

Chapter 13: Understanding the BIRT APIs 235

Package hierarchy diagrams 236

About the BIRT Report Engine API 237

About the Design Engine API 244

About the BIRT Chart Engine API .257

Chapter 14: Programming using the BIRT Reporting APIs 275

Building a reporting application 276

Generating reports from an application 279

Programming with a report design 302

Chapter 15: Programming using the BIRT Charting API 321

About the chart engine contents 321

About the environment for charting application 322

Using the charting API to modify an existing chart 324

Using the charting APIs to create a new chart 330

Using a chart item in a report design 336

Using the BIRT charting API in a Java Swing application 345

Understanding the chart programming examples 351

Part V: Working with the Extension Framework 359

Chapter 16: Building the BIRT Project 361

About building the BIRT project 361

Installing a working version of BIRT 362

Configuring the Eclipse workspace to compile BIRT 362

Downloading and extracting the correct version of the BIRT source code 364

Importing, building, and testing the BIRT project 364

Building new JAR files to display BIRT output 367

Chapter 17: Extending BIRT 369

Overview of the extension framework 369

Understanding the structure of a BIRT plug-in 370

Working with the Eclipse PDE 377

Creating the structure of a plug-in extension 381

Creating the plug-in extension content 385

Building a plug-in extension 390

Deploying the extension plug-in 393

Downloading the code for the extension examples 398

Chapter 18: Developing a Report Item Extension 399

Understanding a report item extension 399

Developing the sample report item extension 401

Understanding the rotated label report item extension 418

Deploying and testing the rotated label report item plug-in 428

Chapter 19: Developing a Report Rendering Extension 433

Understanding a report rendering extension 433

Developing a CSV report rendering extension 434

Developing an XML report rendering extension 462

Chapter 20: Developing an ODA Extension 477

Understanding an ODA extension 478

Developing the CSV ODA driver extensions 479

Implementing the CSV ODA driver plug-in 481

Understanding the sample CSV ODA driver extension 491

Developing the CSV ODA UI extension 500

Understanding the sample CSV ODA UI extension 509

Testing the CSV ODA UI plug-in 519

Developing a Hibernate ODA extension 524

Chapter 21: Developing a Fragment 571

Understanding a fragment 571

Developing the sample fragment 572

Creating a fragment project 573

Understanding the sample fragment 576

Building, deploying, and testing a fragment 577

Glossary 583

Index 645

Product Details

ISBN:
9780132702232
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley Professional
Subject:
Computers : Programming Languages - Java
Author:
Weathersby, Jason
Author:
Bondur, Tom
Author:
Chatalbasheva, Iana
Author:
French, Don
Publication Date:
July 2008
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
724

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