Posted by msinger in Michael Singer's BIRT Blog, 07 March 2014 - · 69 views
An original contributor to the Eclipse Foundation, Actuate is gearing up to demonstrate how BIRT can visualize and embed even your most complex data sets including the so-called Internet of things.
No one can debate the impact of the Eclipse Foundation open-source project. For the last 10 years, the Foundation has provided developers with a community and resources for improving every aspect of the Internet.
Actuate is no stranger to Eclipse. The company co-sponsored the BIRT project back in 2004 with the simple premise that reports should be able to take data from multiple sources and present that data in an easy to understand format. Ten years later and more than 3 million developers using BIRT in their applications, it's going to be exciting to see where BIRT will make an impact next.
Ready to get started? Well, check out our Download page now, to get the latest and greatest versions of BIRT. But for those attending EclipseCon in California the week of March 17, this is your opportunity to get some incredible hands-on sessions to learn more about BIRT.
EclipseCon week will start with a great Beginner course, entitled "BIRT, Basics, and Beyond." This 3-hour session instructed by Actuate Engineer John Ward will take you through each step of the BIRT process including:
- Report Design
- Connecting to Data Sources
- Report Item Layout in a Report Design
- Formatting Report Items
- Re-use in a development team
- Deployment of BIRT and BIRT reports
John returns on Tuesday, Mar 18, 11:15-11:50 for a 35-minute follow up called "Best Practices with BIRT." The conversation is perfect for any Eclipse developer looking to add analytics and reporting to their real world application. John will discuss the ins and outs of:
• Optimization of data
• Improving run time performance
• Improving render time performance.
• Troubleshooting performance issues, even if the developer does not have access to the data source
• Re-use of report elements
By the end of this talk, attendees will walk out and be able to apply the best practices to their BIRT development.
Later on Tuesday, you'll want to test out your BIRT knowledge on some cool reference designs. Actuate and BIRT Product Evangelist Michael Williams will present "Creating Data Driven Web Apps with BIRT" on Tuesday, March 18 from 4:15 to 4:50 p.m. This session will walk you through the BIRT architecture and demonstrate several different ways to integrate BIRT into your application from running reports with the APIs to integrating BIRT into Web Applications.
BIRT in Action
On Wednesday, you have a tough choice. For those who are interested in the BIRT Architecture, BIRT Product Evangelist Kris Clark will host a "Choose Your Own BIRT Integration Adventure " from 4:15 to 4:50 p.m. Thankfully, every path leads you to success.
Kris will cover the various integration methods and demonstrate integration of various platforms that will illustrate common problems and pitfalls of integrating BIRT.
These platforms include:
• Regular Old Java Applications
• JSP environment
• Google Web Toolkit
• Non-Java based environments
Additionally, this talk will cover:
• Proper handling of the Report Engine API
• Handling multiple requests
• Proper disposal of report tasks
For you Internet of Things fans, you'll want to check out "Eclipse M2M Technologies in Action – IOT Systems For People Counting With Eclipse Kura and Eclipse BIRT." This is a collaboration between the Eclipse Kura project and BIRT. This is a co-hosted talk from 4:15 to 4:50 p.m. spotlights sensor device manufacturer Eurotech and Actuate, sponsors of each respective Eclipse project. The combination of Internet of Things and Big Data has become a critical aspect of business processes and reporting, so you'll want to check this out.
Marco Carrer (Eurotech) and Virgil Dodson (Actuate) will demonstrate how to filter sensor data and Big Data and display that information on a live dashboard. The demo will measure temperature, carbon dioxide levels, and number of people in the session against the external weather and Twitter hashtags.
Keep an eye out for the sensors as you enter the session and make sure you use Twitter with the appropriate hashtag for optimal impact.
Raspberry Pi for Dessert?
With so much to learn about BIRT at EclipseCon, we're sure you'll be a big fan. But if you're not convinced yet, we are giving away a few things. Be one of the first 300 people to complete a developer survey form, return it to Actuate's booth (#15) and receive a limited-edition BIRT T-shirt!
If you thought that was exciting, join us on camera for 2-min interview for a chance to win a Raspberry Pi kit. Tell us how big data, data visualizations, or embedded dashboards have impacted your business reporting and be entered for this cool prize. The drawing will be on Wednesday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Be sure to be there to find out if you’ve won!
Of course, when you use BIRT, you're already a winner.