This chapter describes how to develop an ODA extension. BIRT uses the Eclipse Data Tools Platform (DTP) ODA API to build a driver that connects to a data source and retrieves data for a report. The API defines interfaces and classes that manage the following tasks:
Connecting to a data source
Preparing and executing a query
Handling data and metadata in a result set
Mapping between the object representation of data and the data source
Eclipse DTP also provides tools and support for SQL development, locales, logging, and other special types of processing. For more information about the Eclipse DTP project, see http://www.eclipse.org/datatools.
This chapter shows how to develop an ODA extension using examples that ...