Chapter 5. Understanding the BIRT Architecture

BIRT consists of many related components. This chapter provides an overview of the BIRT architecture, the BIRT components, the Eclipse components upon which BIRT relies, and the relationships that tie them all together.

Understanding the BIRT integration

As an Eclipse project, BIRT is tightly integrated with Eclipse frameworks and platforms. Like all Eclipse projects, BIRT is implemented as a set of Eclipse plug-ins. The BIRT plug-ins provide the functionality for all BIRT components, including BIRT applications, the engines that drive the applications, and supporting application programming interfaces (APIs). The BIRT plug-ins also provide the interface mechanism for communicating with several Eclipse ...

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