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    Birt A Field Guide

    ISBN-10: 0321733584
    ISBN-13: 9780321733580
    Author(s): Diana Peh, Nola Hague, Jane Tatchell
    Description: The official Eclipse Series guide to BIRT, by its creators at Actuate - now fully updated for BIRT 2.6's major improvements Covers improvements to BIRT's data handling, performance, dataset editor, and many other areas. Abundant examples,  More...
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    Edition: 3rd
    Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 848
    Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
    Weight: 2.838
    Language: English

    The official Eclipse Series guide to BIRT, by its creators at Actuate - now fully updated for BIRT 2.6's major improvements Covers improvements to BIRT's data handling, performance, dataset editor, and many other areas. Abundant examples, step-by-step instructions, and illustrations demystify BIRT for beginners and help power users accomplish more than ever. The definitive guide for a worldwide community of users who've downloaded 6.5 million copies of BIRT. Built on the open source Eclipse platform, BIRT is a powerful end-to-end reporting system that addresses everything from report creation to integrating reporting into enterprise applications. Worldwide, developers have downloaded 6.5+ million copies of BIRT from the Eclipse web site; BIRT's developer base is now estimated at 750,000. BIRT, Third Edition: A Field Guide to Reporting is the authoritative, up-to-date guide to using BIRT Report Designer, the graphical tool that enables users of all levels to build reports without programming. This Third Edition is fully updated for the new BIRT 2.6, reflecting BIRT's improved data handling and performance; accessibility improvements in the dataset editor; and many other enhancements. The authors - all of them members of BIRT's extended development team - teach BIRT through abundant examples, step-by-step instructions, and illustrations. Using this book, novices can develop report design skills quickly, and power users can quickly build richer, more compelling reports. Readers will learn how to: Design effective business and corporate reports using images, charts, tables, and cross tabs. Build reports using data from databases, XML, spreadsheets, web services, and other sources. Enliven reports with hyperlinks, Tooltips, and highlighting Use templates and libraries to standardize report styling and improve collaboration. Localize reports for international audiences

    Foreword
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Installing BIRT
    Introducing BIRT Report Designers
    Understanding BIRT components
    Understanding Eclipse BIRT packages
    About types of BIRT builds
    Installing a BIRT Report Designer
    Installing BIRT Report Designer Full Eclipse Install
    Installing BIRT RCP Report Designer
    Troubleshooting installation problems
    Installing a language pack
    Updating a BIRT Report Designer installation
    Updating BIRT RCP Report Designer installation
    Getting Started
    Learning the Basics
    About BIRT reports
    Overview of the report design process
    About the report design environment
    Tutorial 1: Building a simple listing report
    About report files and supported formats
    Viewing sample reports
    Planning Your Report
    Identifying the content of the report
    Determining how the report will be viewed
    Considering international reporting requirements
    Deciding the layout and format of the report
    Drawing a mock-up
    Considering reuse of report components
    Managing report design resources
    Deciding how the report will be deployed
    Accessing and Binding Data
    Connecting to a Data Source
    About BIRT data sources
    Connecting to a database using JDBC
    Connecting to a text file
    Connecting to an XML file
    Connecting to a web service
    Creating reusable data sources
    Setting connection properties when a report runs
    Troubleshooting data source problems
    Retrieving Data
    About data sets
    Selecting data
    Viewing and changing output columns
    Adding a computed field to a data set
    Joining data sets
    Verifying the data returned by a data set
    Specifying the data to retrieve at run time
    Binding Data
    Understanding column bindings
    Creating column bindings
    Editing and deleting column bindings
    Copying data elements
    More about column-binding expressions
    Designing Reports
    Laying Out a Report
    Understanding the layout model
    Creating the sections of a report
    Placing report elements
    Displaying Text
    Types of textual elements
    Deciding which textual element to use
    Using a dynamic text element
    Using a label element
    Using a text element
    Displaying text from right to left
    Formatting Report Content
    Formatting data
    Formatting with styles
    Formatting data based on conditions
    Alternating row colors in a table
    Specifying alignment of content in a table or grid
    Adjusting the spacing of content in a report
    Specifying auto-expand layout for HTML output
    Displaying data values in one row
    Displaying content across multiple columns
    Specifying alternate values for display
    Hiding elements based on conditions
    Sorting and Grouping Data
    Sorting data
    Grouping
    Tutorial 2: Grouping report data
    Aggregating Data
    Types of aggregate calculations
    Placing aggregate data
    Creating an aggregation
    Filtering aggregate data
    Calculating percentages
    Creating a summary report
    Writing Expressions
    Basic concepts
    Using the expression builder
    Manipulating numeric data
    Manipulating string data
    Manipulating date-and-time data
    Using Boolean expressions
    Filtering Data
    Filtering opportunities
    Specifying conditions on row retrieval
    Filtering data after row retrieval
    Enabling the User to Filter Data
    About report parameters
    Planning to use report parameters
    User filtering options
    Enabling user filtering at query run time
    Enabling user filtering after data retrieval
    Designing the presentation of report parameters
    Testing the report parameters
    Tutorial 3: Creating and using report parameters
    Building a Report That Contains Subreports
    Creating the report structure
    Tutorial 4: Building a report containing side-by-side subreports
    Using a Chart
    Surveying the types of charts
    Tutorial 5: Creating a stand-alone chart
    Exploring the chart builder
    Using a chart in a table
    Displaying Data in Charts
    Linking data to a chart
    Understanding the axes of a chart
    Grouping and sorting category data
    Grouping optional Y value data
    Using multiple y-axes
    Transposing chart axes
    Filtering data
    Changing default report parameters
    Creating data bindings
    Previewing data and chart
    Creating a combination chart
    Defining a meter chart
    Laying Out and Formatting a Chart
    Overview of formatting
    Formatting specific types of charts
    Setting chart area format attributes
    Formatting the chart legend, plot, and title
    Formatting axis titles, markers, lines, and labels
    Formatting a series
    Presenting Data in a Cross Tab
    Tutorial 6: Creating a cross tab
    Setting up data for a cross tab
    Building a cross tab
    Displaying empty rows and columns
    Displaying user-defined values in row and column headings
    Sorting cross tab data
    Limiting the amount of data the cross tab displays
    Presenting Different Views of the Same Data
    Ways to share data
    Building a dashboard report
    Enhancing Reports
    Designing a Multipage Report
    Planning the page layout
    Controlling pagination
    Customizing the master page
    Using multiple master pages
    Adding Interactive Viewing Features
    Creating hyperlinks
    Creating a table of contents
    Adding interactive chart features
    Adding interactive elements to an HTML report
    Identifying report elements for data export
    Building a Shared Development Framework
    Sharing report elements using a library
    Designing libraries for a shared environment
    Using a library
    Sharing a report layout as a template
    Localizing Text
    Overview of the localization process
    Assigning a resource file to a report
    Assigning resource keys
    Editing a resource file
    Previewing a report in different locales
    Glossary
    Index

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