The Eclipse Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools
(BIRT) team is pleased to announce the release of BIRT 2.1. BIRT 2.1 expands on the 2.0 release, by adding features such as joined data sets, connection pooling, better drill through support, improved cascaded parameters, and enhanced charting. BIRT 2.1 also offers many improvements in internationalization, accessibility, and context sensitive help.
BIRT is an Eclipse-based open source reporting system for web applications. BIRT’s main components consist of an Eclipse based report designer and a runtime component for deployment to a J2EE application server.
- BIRT Viewer – J2EE/AJAX based application supports running and rendering of report designs. The viewer supports dynamic parameters, table of contents, export to CSV, paginated HTML, PDF, and printing.
BIRT also supplies three public APIs, which can be used to create, modify, execute, and render reports and charts.
- Design Engine API (DE API) – This API can be used to create or modify BIRT XML report designs.
- Report Engine API (RE API) – The report engine is used to generate and render report designs. Using this API the engine can be embedded within Java/J2EE based applications.
- Chart Engine API (CE API) – BIRT supplies a sophisticated charting engine that can also be used standalone. Using the CE API, charting capabilities can be easily added to a Java/J2EE application.
To learn more take a look at the New and Notable Features within BIRT 2.1
Interested in getting started with BIRT? See the BIRT Tutorial
BIRT 2.1 is available for download
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