data type
The structure of a value that constrains its characteristics, such as the information the values can hold and permitted operations. In report development, three processes use data types: accessing data, internal processing of data, and formatting output as a report.
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Internal data types used by BIRT technology include Date, Double, Integer, Varchar, Time, and Timestamp. These data types map to the Java constants declared in Java.sql.Types, such as DATE, DOUBLE, INT, and STRING. BIRT maps the data types from supported data sources to these internal data types. To format values in a report, BIRT provides date-and-time, number, and string data types.
Related terms
Actuate SQL, Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT), data source, Date data type, date-and-time data type, Decimal data type, double data type, Information Object Design perspective, Integer data type, Java, number data type, String data type, Time data type, Timestamp data type, value, Varchar data type
Contrast with
data abstraction, database type

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