As many of you Pro users might have seen this morning when you fired up MyEclipse, the Quick Installer is presenting you with a new feature to install: MyEclipse Reports.
Quick Resource Reference
MyEclipse Reports is the first release of reporting software based on the BIRT reporting framework but completely integrated into the MyEclipse workflow, project model, deployment tools (including the 1-click deployment) and MyEclipse data sources from the DB Explorer.
For those of you that have done reporting before, namely with BIRT, you can get started right away with MyEclipse reports by checking out our "MyEclipse Reports for BIRT Users
For first-timers that have never used reporting before and don't really understand what this technology is even used for, I'd suggest giving a quick glance over the MyEclipse Reports Overview
doc. This will give you a brief introduction to some of the tools available, screenshots of MyEclipse Reports in action and just give an overall context to work with.
Once you are ready to dig in and want to try creating your own custom report, then we suggest you hop over to the MyEclipse Reports Tutorial
and take it step-by-step learning how to create your own reporting project, your own reports then deploy them to your app server and check them out!
After you've gone through the basics and want to start working on some more advanced reporting work with MyEclipse Reports, we'd suggest you take a look at our MyEclipse Reports JDBC Data Source
doc that will explain how working with data sources in MyEclipse Reports work. While it sounds very technical and impressive, don't worry, data sources are very straight forward and can be anything from a JDBC source, to a web service to a text file. These sources simply provide data to be shown in your reports.
Lastly, because MyEclipse Reports is based on the BIRT framework, alot of the resources available from BIRT Exchange
are all applicable to MyEclipse Reports as well; especially the detailed report development tips and tricks.
We would encourage you to also take a look at the BIRT Exchange forums
for detailed questions and answers to your specific report development needs to see if it's something that has already been answered.
Please let us know what you think!
And to leave you with a taste of what MyEclipse Reports is all about, here's a screenshot of the designer view:
which is the main view while designing any report, but it's flanked by many specialized views that you will need to make use of while creating your reports (like your data sets).
And here is a shot of how easy it is to get data from a data set and integrate it into your report:
A lot of the operations and work done in MyEclipse Reports are nothing more than dragging and dropping the data you want from your data sets into positions in your reports.