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BIRT Exchange Contributor Contest Winner for March 2012 Selected

Posted by Ray Gans , 26 April 2012 - - - - - - · 6058 views

The winner of the BIRT Exchange Contributor of the Month Contest for March 2012 is David Good for his contribution to BIRT Exchange titled: Multi Column Reports.

David (DGI Systems) said, "My DevShare entry described how to create a BIRT report which displayed data in 'flowing' columns. The data flowed from one column to the next and then from the final column on page x to the first column on page y, for unlimited pages.

"I am porting an eReport with this functionality (using flows) into a BIRT design so had to develop something bespoke."

David is an ex-high school mathematics teacher who moved into IT 7 years ago. He started as an eReports developer and started learning BIRT about 4 years ago. He moved into working with BIRT full time for the past 12 months.

He's currently working on a project to port many advanced eReports into BIRT which is a good challenge.

David chose a $200 Amazon Gift Card for his award.

We also want to thank the other eligible DevShare contributors for participating in this month's contest:

It's not too late... to get your own DevShare article posted in time for next month's contest that closes on April 30th. If you"ve cooked up something that you can share with the BIRT Exchange community, please post it soon! You can create a tutorial, build a BIRT application, template or component, or write up some of the tips and solutions to problems you've run into during the past -- anything that's helped you use BIRT more effectively will probably be useful to others too. And don't forget the BIRT Exchange Marketplace. A code-based DevShare submission could also be a great candidate for the Marketplace.

PLUS DO NOT FORGET to enter the Plug In 2 BIRT Contest. DevShare submissions received before the deadline on April 30th are eligible for both the contest and the regular monthly competition. See the Contest Page for more information and get started!

See the Contributor of the Month Contest Rules and the list of previous winners for more information about the contest.


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It's not too late to Plug In 2 BIRT

Posted by Ray Gans , 17 April 2012 - - - - - - · 6168 views

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There is still time to submit your entry to the Plug In to BIRT Contest.

This contest will award a new 3rd generation iPad for each of the 3 best plug-in implementations (extensions to BIRT) submitted to BIRT Exchange between now and April 30, 2012.

Check out the Contest Details and Examples Wiki page for everything you need to get started -- tutorials, examples, sample code, as well as lots of suggestions for new plug-ins we'd like to see.

The deadline is approaching but there is plenty of time to submit your killer entry and win -- so get started!


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Atlanta BIRT User Group Meeting

Posted by Ray Gans , 17 April 2012 - - - - - - · 6040 views

The Atlanta BIRT User Group (ABUG) and the Greater Atlanta Maximo User Group (GAMUG) will host a joint meeting this Friday on April 20th from 8:30am-4pm.

Topics will include:

Morning GAMUG
  • Ad Hoc Reporting - Query Based Reports (QBR) in Maximo
  • How Cloud is going to Impact Everything in IT
  • Transform your Enterprise Asset Management Initiatives
Afternoon ABUG
  • What is BIRT (introductory/intermediate level)
  • Using BIRT in the Cloud
Check out the agenda and schedule if you're in the Atlanta area and register today!


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Announcing March 2012 BIRT Exchange Contributor Leaderboard

Posted by Ray Gans , 11 April 2012 - - - - - - · 5967 views

I'm pleased to announce the members of the BIRT Exchange Community Leaderboard for March 2012. The purpose of this Leaderboard is to honor the top contributors to BIRT Exchange each month and to have a little fun. Final scores are posted on the BIRT Exchange Connect page. You can recognize past and current Leaderboard members by special badges on their forum and DevShare posts:

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March 2012 Leaderboard Scores

johnw...........196
Yaytay...........86
Hans_vd..........46
mblock...........31
RichT............29
arunkumarb.......24
cbrell...........24
lnix.............23
DGI Systems......20
Rajesh kmr.......17
Raghava..........16
futility.........16

Past Leaderboards

To determine the leaders, each contribution made by a BIRT Exchange member is assigned a weighted point score that roughly corresponds to its effort/value. For example, starting a forum topic by asking a question will score you 1 point and answering someone's question scores 3 points. Members with the top summed scores each month are declared the leaders for that month and posted to the Leaderboard. Over time we will evolve the scoring system as needed for fairness and value to the community. We just added a point for voting on the BIRT Exchange Community home page polls.

So please contribute to BIRT Exchange. It's not difficult to get a decent score and we'd love to see you on the Leaderboard next month!

You can find details on the Community Leaderboard Wiki. If you have any suggestions or comments, please add them to this blog post (they're worth 2 points).


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Federal BIRT 2012 Competition!

Posted by Ray Gans , 05 April 2012 - - - - - - · 6076 views

Developers and Systems Integrators:

If you are currently designing applications using BIRT to support the US Federal government, then you should look into the latest survey competition hosted by Actuate. We want to know how you're working with BIRT and the creative ways it's being applied. Anyone using BIRT to develop tools and solutions for the government is eligible. If your entry is selected, you could win a new 3rd generation 32 GB Apple iPad with Wi-Fi!

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It is easy to enter the competition. Complete this short 10 minute survey describing your use of BIRT within the Federal government and send us a screenshot of the application by May 11, 2012. All completed surveys will be eligible for a chance to win an iPad as well as receive recognition amongst your peers in the BIRT community. All qualified entries will receive a BIRT Rocks! sound activated T-shirt.

For more information, review the Federal BIRT Competition 2012 Rules and Conditions.

If you have any questions, please e-mail federalgroup@actuate.com.

Note: The survey information is for Actuate use only and will not be shared publicly.

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BIRT Exchange - Plug In 2 BIRT Contest

Posted by Ray Gans , 04 April 2012 - - - - - - · 6008 views

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At EclipseCon last week, Actuate announced the Plug In to BIRT Contest as a follow-up to our very successful Get Started with BIRT contest held in September/October 2011.

This new contest will award a new 3rd generation iPad for each of the 3 best plug-in implementations (extensions to BIRT) submitted to BIRT Exchange between now and April 30, 2012.

Our Contest Details and Examples Wiki page has everything you need to get started -- tutorials, sample code, and lots of suggestions for new plug-ins we'd like to see.

But you've never created a BIRT plug-in before?
Not a problem. Plug-ins are usually straightforward to implement for most good developers -- in fact our winners last time were all first-time BIRT plug-in developers.

And if you're up for a challenge, BIRT developers are always looking for new Chart Types. We have several ideas listed or please come up with your own.

You retain ownership of any code you submit for the contest, and you're free to sell or distribute it later if you wish.

So check out the Contest Details and Examples Wiki page and get started!





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