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 Reporting introduces 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 Reporting presents 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
Other topics discussed include
Understanding the technology
Planning report designs
Laying out and formatting reports
Enhancing reports with interactive viewing, shared libraries, and localized text
Preparing reports for international data