The open source Eclipse Foundation has released Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (Birt) 1.0, a specification that developers can use to more easily build reporting capabilities into enterprise Java applications.
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Eclipse announced Birt last autumn and a preview version was available for download from February. Birt saves time for developers, who currently have to hand-code reporting and analysis capabilities into applications.
Birt 1.0 includes Eclipse Report Designer, an Eclipse-based desktop authoring environment; and Eclipse Report Engine, which generates reports using the report object model designs created by Eclipse Report Designer.
There is also a set of APIs for integrating and extending Birt.
Reporting software supplier Actuate, which led the Eclipse Birt project, has already launched the Actuate Birt solution.
This offering is a bundle of services for developers who adopt the Birt development standard, and includes support and maintenance for an annual subscription.