Chapter 3. The BIRT Environment and Your First Report

OK, so now you have BIRT installed; what now? You have heard so many great things about the BIRT Report Designer, and are eager to jump into creating some reports. However, you haven't ever worked with Eclipse or BIRT for that matter. At first glance the BIRT Designer can look a little intimidating, and in some cases you may not even see the BIRT Designer on your first run. That's OK. In this chapter we will get acquainted with the BIRT working environment, also known as the BIRT Perspective in Eclipse lingo, and we will get started on creating a basic report.

A Basic Scenario

When I teach people about development topics of any sort, I like to use scenarios. This book will be no different. These ...

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