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Integrating and Extending BIRT by Iana Chatalbasheva, Tom Bondur, Jason Weathersby

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Chapter 7. Using Scripting in a Report Design

BIRT provides a powerful scripting capability that enables a report developer to create custom code to control various aspects of report creation. This chapter provides an overview of scripting in BIRT. Subsequent chapters focus on implementing script event handlers in JavaScript and Java, writing event handlers for charts, and accessing data using scripted data sources.

Overview of BIRT scripting

BIRT Report Designer supports writing custom event handlers in both Java and JavaScript. BIRT RCP Report Designer supports writing custom event handlers only in JavaScript.

Choosing between JavaScript and Java

Both JavaScript and Java have advantages and disadvantages when writing an event handler. For a ...

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