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BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting by Nola Hague, Alethea Hannemann, Diana Peh

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Chapter 6. Connecting to a Data Source

Enterprise report data is frequently stored in a variety of systems and in disparate formats. BIRT Report Designer provides wizards to set up access to the following types of data sources:

  • JDBC data sources

    The most common way to access a data source is to use the JDBC protocol. BIRT reports use SQL queries and stored procedures to access these data sources.

  • Text files

    BIRT reports use text files as data sources. These text files are typically created by business systems and applications that create logs.

  • XML data

    BIRT reports use XML data, either as a stream or a document.

Many examples included as part of the BIRT download use the sample database, Classic Models. That database is included in the default installation ...

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