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BIRT 2.6 Data Analysis and Reporting by John Ward

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Chapter 1. Getting Started

This is a very interesting time for open source. As soon as a novel concept is put forth by enthusiasts, new functionality is included into software that changes our lives, and a lot of it is built on open source technology. Having been an open source advocate for some time now, I have seen a phenomenal amount of change and progress in the quality and quantity of Open Source Software (OSS) projects. From the thoughtful minds of professional software developers, engineers, and hobbyists, tools have sprung up to support a number of disciplines, including programmers, authors, office staff, teachers, students, media, and graphic designers. While there was a time when there was only expensive proprietary commercial software ...

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