BIRT process

The BIRT reporting tool includes two elements:

  • A design tool (Report Designer) to create the report from one or more data sources.
  • A runtime (Report Engine) to generate the printed reports from the configuration file.

The new tool does not affect the existing reporting modes but is integrated in the product as an additional reporting mode. Reporting is activated or not depending on specific options that you specify in the reporttool.properties script file.

Reports are generated in 3 steps:

  • The Rule Engine produces the intermediate files.
  • The reporttool utility creates intermediate files that are compatible with BIRT.
  • The BIRT tool takes the data into account and formats the reports according to the report description file (.rptdesign).

The reports are stored in the .edi file as suffixed files depending on the selected format.

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