John Arthorne and Chris Laffra observed, “It takes a village to write a book on Eclipse.” In the case of the BIRT books, it continues to take a virtual village in four countries to create these two books. Our contributors, reviewers, Addison-Wesley editorial, marketing, and production staff, printers, and proofreaders are collaborating by every electronic means currently available to produce the major revisions to these two books. In addition, we want to acknowledge the worldwide community of over one millions Java programmers using BIRT and the individuals who have completed over ten million downloads of the multiple versions of the software. Their enthusiastic reception to the software creates an opportunity for us to write ...

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