Chapter 5. Connecting to a Data Source

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

• JDBC data sources

• Text files

• XML documents

• Web services

A report, however, is not limited to using data from these data sources. Developers can write JavaScript or Java scripts to get data from Java objects, such as Enterprise JavaBeans. Developers can also use BIRT’s Open Data Access (ODA) framework to write custom data drivers to access data from any source, including data stored in proprietary systems.

This chapter discusses how to use the wizards in BIRT Report Designer to set up access to a data source without programming. ...

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