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BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0321442598
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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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (November 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321442598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321442598
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,916,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
"BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting" is a great tutorial for learning how to use BIRT. BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools" is described including its relationship to Eclipse. After covering how to install BIRT, the book goes into great detail on how to use the report designer.

The target audience should be familiar with HTML, SQL and JavaScript as stated in the introduction. The book describes functions used, but you are expected to know the basic syntax.

As expected, the book covers how to use each of the features of BIRT. They are all described with step by step instructions. There are also a few tutorials walking you through the process from start to finish. I liked the "how to" style for tasks.

The book includes tips on how to plan a report and what to consider. It also includes common code snippets that you may want to use and lists available functions.

I was particularly impressed with the abundance of screenshots and the excellent glossary. If you are thinking about using BIRT, this book is a valuable addition to your library.
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Every once in awhile, I get to review a book on a technology or software package I've not heard of before. That was the case with BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting by Diana Peh, Alethea Hannemann, and Nola Hague. I'm stunned at the quality and depth of this open-source Eclipse reporting tool. Oh, and the book's pretty good, too... :)


Part 1 - Installing BIRT: Prerequisites for BIRT; Installing a BIRT Report Designer; Updating a BIRT Installation

Part 2 - Getting Started: Learning the Basics; Planning Your Report

Part 3 - Connecting to a Data Source; Retrieving Data; Binding Data

Part 4 - Designing Reports: Laying Out a Report; Displaying Text; Formatting Report Content; Sorting and Grouping Data; Aggregating Data; Writing Expressions; Filtering Data; Enabling the User to Filter Data; Building a Report That Contains Subreports; Using a Chart in a Report; Displaying Data in Charts; Laying Out and Formatting a Chart

Part 5 - Enhancing Reports: Designing a Multipage Report; Adding Interactive Viewing Features; Building a Shared Report Development Framework; Localizing Text; Glossary; Index

BIRT stands for Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools, and it runs on the Eclipse platform. Running as a plug-in or using the Rich Client Platform, BIRT will allow the user to create reports from various data sources like JDBC-enabled databases, text files, and XML files. The authors start out with the basics on how to download and install the software (it's dead simple). Then using a few tutorial exercises and plenty of screen prints, they walk you through the basics of connecting to a data source and building a report.
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If you use or have an application that uses BIRT for reporting, get this book! The authors have done a great job in going through how to use BIRT and generate rich and useful reports. I was originally using BIRT to pull some reports for some applications from an administrative side that the applications couldn't provide themselves and has this book really helped me make those reports come alive. I also discovered that with one of the applications I administer, it now has BIRT built into it with the latest version. The information I obtained from this book really allowed me to make the most of those reports.
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