From the Back Cover
A new edition of this title is available, ISBN-10: 0321580273 ISBN-13: 9780321580276
The first in a two-book series about Business Intelligence and Reporting Technology,BIRT: A Field Guide to Reportingintroduces reporting to a broad base of users. Built on the Eclipse platform, this exciting technology makes it possible for programmers and non-programmers to build and deploy complex reports with minimal effort.
BIRT: A Field Guide to Reportingpresents information about how to develop and customize reports of progressive complexity using BIRT Report Designer. This tool was designed from the ground up for Web applications and uses a Web page-oriented design metaphor in contrast to older banded report writers that were developed before the advent of the Internet. This unique approach to report creation makes BIRT an approachable and effective tool for developers of all levels.
Report designs discussed include
- Listing reports that include sorting, grouping, and totals
- Summary reports, such as top N reports
- Charts, including pie, line, bar, and gauge charts
- Master-detail reports
Other topics discussed include
- Understanding the technology
- Planning report designs
- Accessing data
- Laying out and formatting reports
- Building charts
- Enhancing reports with interactive viewing, shared libraries, and localized text
- Preparing reports for international data
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 165 years of technical consulting, training, writing, and publishing experience about reporting, business intelligence tools, and database technologies. They have published forty-two titles on these topics through numerous editions.