Chapter 17. Extending BIRT

This chapter provides an overview of the BIRT extension framework and shows how to create and deploy a BIRT extension using the Eclipse Plug-in Development Environment (PDE).

Overview of the extension framework

The Eclipse platform is an open source, integrated system of application development tools that you implement and extend using a plug-in interface. Eclipse provides a set of core plug-ins that configure the basic services for the platform’s framework. A platform developer can build and integrate new tools in this application development system.

BIRT is a set of plug-in extensions that enable a developer to add reporting functionality to an application. The BIRT APIs define extension points that allow a developer ...

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