Chapter 4. Learning the Basics

This chapter provides an overview of the report design process and environment. The chapter also includes step-by-step procedures for building your first report.

About BIRT reports

A BIRT report is a structured document that displays data from an external information system, such as a database or application. Data in the report is organized and formatted so that it is meaningful and useful to the person who reads the report. A BIRT report is not a document that you type, like an essay or research paper, although you could use BIRT Report Designer to create such documents.

Using BIRT Report Designer, you can create operational reports, such as a bill of materials, a purchase order, or an invoice. You can also create ...

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