Friday, June 10, 2005

BIRT Release 1.0 Out!!

BIRT is an Eclipse-based open source reporting system for web applications, especially those based on Java and J2EE. BIRT has two main components: a report designer based on Eclipse, and a runtime component that you can add to your app server. BIRT also offers a charting engine that lets you add charts to your own application.

BIRT Presentation at the MySQL User Conference.

The Eclipse-based project was initiated by Actuate, a BI vendor. Interestingly, BIRT is a new project and not a pre-existing product that was opened up. A lot of people seem to be wondering why Actuate would do this. It seems to me that they are going for the open source and Java developer audience, probably hoping to become a de-facto vendor in the Java BI development space. None of the BI vendors are paying much attention to open source, other than the porting their products to Linux.

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