Integrating and Extending BIRT (3rd edition)

Integrating and Extending BIRT (3rd edition)

By: Tom Bondur (author), Don French (author), Jason Weathersby (author), Iana Chatalbasheva (author)Paperback

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The world-wide developer community has downloaded over ten million copies of BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools). 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. Integrating and Extending BIRT, Third Edition, introduces programmers to BIRT architecture and the reporting framework. BIRT technology makes it possible for programmers to build customized reports using scripting and BIRT APIs. This book also includes extensive examples of how to use the Eclipse Plug-in Development Environment to build plug-ins to extend the features of the BIRT framework. The source code for these examples is available for download at Key topics covered 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 revised and expanded third edition features the following new content * Updated architectural diagrams * Expanded scripting examples * Debugging event handlers * Developing an advanced report item with data binding * Developing a data extraction extension * Developing a charting extension Readers may also be interested in this book's companion volume. BIRT: A Field Guide, Third Edition, is the authoritative guide to using BIRT Report Designer, the graphical tool that enables users of all levels to build reports, from simple to complex, without programming.

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Foreword xix Preface xxi Acknowledgments xxix Part 1: Installing and Deploying BIRT 1 Chapter 1: Introducing BIRT Report Designers 3 Understanding BIRT components 3 Understanding Eclipse BIRT packages 4 About types of BIRT builds 5 Chapter 2: Installing a BIRT Report Designer 7 Installing BIRT Report Designer Full Eclipse Install 7 Installing BIRT RCP Report Designer 8 Troubleshooting installation problems 9 Installing a language pack 10 Updating a BIRT Report Designer installation 11 Updating BIRT RCP Report Designer installation 12 Chapter 3: Installing Other BIRT Packages 15 Installing Chart Engine 15 Installing BIRT Data Tools Platform Integration 17 Installing BIRT Demo Database 17 Installing Report Engine 19 Installing BIRT Samples 21 Installing BIRT Source Code 21 Installing BIRT Web Tools Integration 22 Chapter 4: Deploying a BIRT Report to an Application Server 25 About application servers 25 Placing the BIRT report viewer on an application server 26 Placing fonts on the application server 31 Viewing a report using a browser 31 Using connection pooling on Tomcat 32 Part 2: Understanding the BIRT Framework 37 Chapter 5: Understanding the BIRT Architecture 39 Understanding the BIRT integration 39 About the BIRT applications 43 About the types of BIRT report items 46 About the Report Object Model (ROM) 47 About the types of BIRT files 47 About custom Java applications 49 About extensions to BIRT 50 Chapter 6: Understanding the Report Object Model 51 About the ROM specification 51 About the ROM schema 53 About the rom.def file 53 Understanding ROM elements 58 Part 3: Scripting in a Report Design 61 Chapter 7: Using Scripting in a Report Design 63 Overview of BIRT scripting 63 Events overview 64 Event order sequence 71 Chapter 8: Using JavaScript to Write an Event Handler 83 Using BIRT Report Designer to enter a JavaScript event handler 83 Using the reportContext object 86 Using the this object 93 Using the row object 96 Getting column information 97 Getting and altering the query string 98 Changing data source connection properties 99 Getting a parameter value 100 Determining script execution sequence 101 Tutorial 1: Writing an event handler in JavaScript 103 JavaScript event handler examples 107 Calling external JavaScript functions 111 Calling Java from JavaScript 112 Calling the method of a class in a plug-in 114 Chapter 9: Using Java to Write an Event Handler 117 Writing a Java event handler class 117 Writing a Java event handler 123 Understanding the BIRT interfaces 128 Java event handler example 135 Debugging a Java event handler 142 Chapter 10: Working with Chart Event Handlers 143 Chart events overview 143 Understanding the Chart script context 145 Understanding when chart events fire 150 Writing a Java chart event handler 164 Writing a JavaScript chart event handler 167 Using the simplified charting API 169 Chapter 11: Using Scripting to Access Data 173 Using a Scripted Data Source 173 Tutorial 2: Creating a scripted data source 175 Creating a web services data source using a custom connection class 184 Chapter 12: Debugging Event Handlers 187 Checking the syntax of JavaScript expressions 188 Debugging JavaScript event handlers code 190 Debugging Java event handler code 194 Debugging report execution exceptions 194 Creating a debug configuration 196 Tutorial 3: Debugging a report that contains Java and JavaScript code 198 Part 4: Integrating BIRT into Applications 215 Chapter 13: Understanding the BIRT APIs 217 Package hierarchy diagrams 218 About the BIRT Report Engine API 219 About the Design Engine API 226 About the BIRT Chart Engine API 239 Chapter 14: Programming Using the BIRT Reporting APIs 257 Building a reporting application 258 Generating reports from an application 262 Programming the structure of a report design 289 Chapter 15: Programming Using the BIRT Charting API 307 About the chart engine contents 307 About the environment for a charting application 308 About the charting API and the chart structure 310 Using the charting API to create a new chart 312 Modifying chart properties 312 Using a chart item in a report design 321 Using the BIRT charting API in a Java Swing application 334 Understanding the chart programming examples 340 Part 5: Working with the Extension Framework 347 Chapter 16: Building the BIRT Project 349 About building the BIRT project 349 Installing a working version of BIRT 350 Configuring Eclipse to compile BIRT and build the viewer JAR files 350 Downloading and extracting the correct version of the BIRT source code 353 Importing, building, and testing the BIRT project 354 Building new JAR files to display BIRT output 356 Chapter 17: Extending BIRT 359 Overview of the extension framework 359 Understanding the structure of a BIRT plug-in 359 Working with the Eclipse PDE 366 Creating the structure of a plug-in extension 370 Creating the plug-in extension content 373 Building a plug-in extension 377 Deploying the extension plug-in 381 Downloading the code for the extension examples 384 Chapter 18: Developing a Report Item Extension 387 Understanding a report item extension 387 Developing the sample report item extension 389 Understanding the rotated label report item extension 404 Deploying and testing the rotated label report item plug-in 412 Developing an advanced report item 416 Chapter 19: Developing a Report Rendering Extension 465 Understanding a report rendering extension 465 Developing a CSV report rendering extension 466 Developing an XML report rendering extension 494 Chapter 20: Developing an ODA Extension 509 Understanding an ODA extension 510 Developing the CSV ODA driver extensions 511 Implementing the CSV ODA driver plug-in 513 Understanding the sample CSV ODA driver extension 522 Developing the CSV ODA user interface extension 530 Understanding the sample CSV ODA user interface extension 537 Testing the CSV ODA user interface plug-in 548 Developing a Hibernate ODA extension 554 Chapter 21: Developing a Data Extraction Extension 601 Understanding a data extraction extension 601 Developing an XML data extraction extension 602 Chapter 22: Developing a Fragment 635 Understanding a fragment 635 Developing the sample fragment 636 Creating a fragment project 637 Understanding the sample fragment 640 Building, deploying, and testing a fragment 641 Chapter 23: Developing a Charting Extension 647 About BIRT charting extension points 648 Setting up the build environment 650 Extending the chart model 652 Glossary 707 Index 779

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  • publication date: 10/08/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780321772824
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 880
  • ID: 9780321772824
  • weight: 1352
  • ISBN10: 0321772822
  • edition: 3rd edition

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