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BIRT 2.6 Data Analysis and Reporting by John Ward

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Libraries

Often, report development involves repetitive tasks. Things such as report headers, commonly used datasets and data sources, formatting, and other elements are used in many different reports. This is where libraries come into play. When using libraries, report developers can store commonly used components for later reuse. It is also a useful tool when working in groups.

The concepts of reuse and group development are often overlooked in report development, and this seems to be all but entirely ignored with BIRT. However, if we have worked in a report development group, it is an all too often needed functionality. When I was working in a large report development group, the data that got pulled was often the same, if not similar, to previous ...

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