The BIRT Report, January 2010

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The BIRT Report
Issue #21 | January 2010
Welcome to the January 2010 issue of The BIRT Report. This newsletter is designed to keep you up to date by rolling the best of vdodson.

Webinar: Learn how to add BIRT to JSF Applications using RichFaces
When: Feb. 9 at 11 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern, 7pm GMT
Duration: 40 minutes, including Q & A session
Presenters: Virgil Dodson, Developer Evangelist, Actuate. Max Katz, Senior Systems Engineer, Exadel.


This technical webinar will start with an introduction to open source Eclipse BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) technology, followed by an introduction to the popular RichFaces JSF component library. We’ll also cover the new integration available between BIRT and JSF and a demonstration on how to seamlessly add BIRT to JSF applications. Attendees will learn:

  • About using the BIRT designer
  • How to add rich data visualizations based on BIRT into JSF applications
  • How to wrap a BIRT content as a JSF component
  • A technique to pass parameters for more dynamic and filtered reports
  • How to make page updates fast using RichFaces’ AJAX capabilities

Register for the webinar here.

NOTE: Ten attendees will qualify for a free set of books, Practical RichFaces and BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting (The Eclipse Series), a $90 value.

Automate the Secure Distribution of BIRT Output
Actuate BIRT iServer Express is a purpose-built server for BIRT that schedules the generation of BIRT output, distributes it via email and securely stores, organizes and archives your BIRT content.

It extends the Eclipse BIRT Engine and Java API’s with the following functionality:

  • Scheduling and Distribution – flexible scheduling and email distribution to deliver BIRT content to users in a timely, automated manner
  • Security – granular access controls to secure BIRT output in a way that’s tailored to your infrastructure and specific requirements
  • Web-based Administration – Browser-based interfaces to efficiently monitor and control batch jobs, users, roles, folders and more
  • Integration – Complete Web Services API’s to integrate BIRT generation, viewing and output management with your applications and infrastructure

Pricing starts at $150 per user. Available as a free, 45-day trial download.

Download free trial for Windows
Download free trial for Linux

BIRT User Group France is born!
For the first time a User Group dedicated to BIRT has been created in France.

The objective of this group is to unite the local community of developers, IT professionals and others interested in BIRT to discuss and share feedback, ideas, news and issues with the goal to create a real synergy around BIRT technologies. This user group will present an open environment where members can share their enthusiasm and knowledge about BIRT and create a focal point of information and activities for the local BIRT community.

Meetings will be held in Paris every two months with topics planned by the members. Some ideas are:

  • workshops and tutorials
  • open discussions about current topics
  • presentations by local and remote experts
  • group projects, exchanges and conferences

BIRT events will also be announced to keep members informed about the latest news.

You can register directly for the BIRT User Group meetings at

For more information, please contact BIRT User Group France at birt-user-group-france.

If you are interested in starting a BIRT User Group in your city, please contact the BIRT Exchange Community Manager, Ray Gans.

Hottest DevShare Items
Below are some of the hottest items on BIRT Exchange according to their number of views or downloads. You can stay up to date with the latest items by subscribing to the DevShare RSS Feed.

Tips & tricks:


Have you created a BIRT example or tutorial, or do you have BIRT tips to share? Submit any resource that you found helpful during your BIRT application development and you’ll automatically be entered in a monthly contest on BIRT Exchange. Learn more about the contest at the link below.

DevShare Contributor of the Month Contest Information

In This Issue

Webinar: Learn how to add BIRT to JSF Applications using RichFaces
Automate the Secure Distribution of BIRT Output
BIRT User Group France is born!
Hottest DevShare Items
Links to Stay Current:
The following links will help you stay current with BIRT Exchange

RSS Feeds
rss.png Blog Posts
rss.png DevShare Submissions
rss.png All Forum Posts
(see complete list)

twitter-icon.gif follow @birtexchange
Already tweeting about BIRT? Use #BIRT to keep people up-to-date on your BIRT activities.


LinkedIn BIRT Group


Upcoming Events:

BIRT Roadshows with Free Training
icon_flagusa.gifThree US dates in February, Six US dates in March
icon_flaguk.gifLondon, Feb. 9th
icon_flaggermany.gifStuttgart, Feb. 10th
icon_flagfrance.gifParis, Feb. 11th

Webinar: How BIRT Compares
Hear how BIRT compares to alternatives for bringing rich information to your apps
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010
11:00 am Pacific, 2:00 pm Eastern, 7:00 pm GMT

BIRT User Groups
icon_flaguk.gifLondon BUG
On the evening of January 28th, the first meeting of the BIRT User Group UK will be held in London. Actuate’s own Mica Block will be a featured presenter there. Sign up now.
icon_flagfrance.gifParis BUG
(Full details below-left in this newsletter)

IBM Pulse, Feb. 21 – 24, Las Vegas
EclipseCon, Mar. 22 – 25, Santa Clara

Provide Feedback on BIRT Products

Here’s your chance to provide feedback directly to the teams that are developing BIRT products.

Go to Surveys

BIRT Reference Books

BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting

BIRT: A Field Guide to Reporting (2nd Edition)
Introduces reporting to a broad base of users and presents information about how to develop and customize reports of progressive complexity using the BIRT Report Designer. We found the second edition of this book available at Amazon and InformIT.

Integrating and Extending BIRT

Integrating and Extending BIRT (2nd Edition)
Introduces programmers to the BIRT architecture and the reporting framework. This book describes the key components of BIRT architecture, applications, and engines, including installing, deploying, and troubleshooting the reporting and charting engines in an enterprise Java application-server environment. We found the second edition of this book available at Amazon and InformIT.

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