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Best way to design a Report [message #671875] Thu, 19 May 2011 08:45 Go to next message
degressor  is currently offline degressor Friend
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Hi,

I'm writing a dimpoma thesis about Reporting Frameworks, like Birt, Jasper and Pentaho.
JasperReports use XML to design a report, so the tutorials starts with explanation of the JRXML. But BIRT users seems to use Report Designer only and very seldom an Text-Editor to write *.rptdesign Files? Even write Design with Java(BIRT Design API) seems be better as XML? Why? Where can I find some examples or tutorials for writing *.rptdesign files?

Best reards,
degressor.

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Re: Best way to design an Report [message #671987 is a reply to message #671875] Thu, 19 May 2011 14:06 Go to previous message
Jason Weathersby is currently offline Jason WeathersbyFriend
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The xml BIRT uses is described in the ROM (report object model)
http://www.eclipse.org/birt/phoenix/ref/rom/index.html. BIRT provides a
DE API (Design Engine API) to create, manipulate and save report
designs, libraries and templates. Here is a webinar on the API
http://www.birt-exchange.org/org/devshare/designing-birt-reports/978-webinar-archive-using-the-birt-design-engine-apis/
The examples from the webinar are available here:
http://www.birt-exchange.org/org/devshare/designing-birt-reports/409-deapi-examples-from-birtexchange-webinar/

Jason


On 5/19/2011 4:45 AM, degressor wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm writing a dimpoma thesis about Reporting Frameworks, like Birt,
> Jasper and Pentaho.
> JasperReports use XML to design a report, so the tutorials starts with
> explanation of the JRXML. But BIRT users seems to use Report Designer
> only and very seldom an Text-Editor to write *.rptdesign Files? Even
> write Design with Java(BIRT Design API) seems be better as XML? Why?
> Where can I find some examples or tutorials for writing *.rptdesign files?
> Best reards, degressor.
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