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BIRT to the Bare Metal: Framework and API

Jason Weathersby

Making with Eclipse · Extended
Tuesday, 11:40, 40 minutes | Ballroom A

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Most people see BIRT as a Report Designer built on top of Eclipse and while this is true, it is also so much more! BIRT is comprised of many components that can be employed in extremely different ways in various applications. This presentation will walk you through the architecture of BIRT describing the parts that make BIRT a Framework. In each of these areas, the public APIs, specific usage scenarios and general performance suggestions will be detailed. Topics and some of the answers available in the presentation are:

BIRT Overview:
  • There's more than a Designer?
  • BIRT Downloads:
  • What's in those packages!
  • Platform Configuration:
  • Can I use BIRT outside of OSGi?
  • If so What and How?
  • Creating Designs with the Design Engine:
  • Can I create a report without the Designer?
  • Can I modify designs created with the Designer?
  • Running BIRT Reports with the Report Engine:
  • How can I configure and run reports using the Engine?
  • Are there "Little known Facts" about the Engine?
  • Do I have to worry about Threading?
  • What about libraries, images, and class loading?
  • Processing Charts:
  • Do I need BIRT to run Charts?
  • Can I use the Chart Builder outside of BIRT?
  • How do I Create, Save, Load and Run Chart models.
  • Jason Weathersby is the BIRT Evangelist at Actuate Corporation and a member of the Eclipse Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) Project Management Committee (PMC). Jason has over 15 years experience in the software development field, ranging from real time process control to business intelligence software. At Actuate, Jason is currently responsible for educating the Open Source community on BIRT and encouraging its adoption. Jason has co-authored two BIRT books and written many articles that discuss the BIRT technology.