For the past eight(8) years Schalk Neethling has been working as a freelance developer under the pseudo of Volume4 and is now the president of Overt Strategy Consulting. During this period he has completed over 300 projects ranging from full web application development to complete branding. As president and lead developer of Overt Strategy Consulting, Schalk Neethling and his team has released a 100% Java standards based content management system called AlliedBridge and business document exchange and review system, called Doc-Central. Schalk Neethling is also actively involved on a daily basis in the open source, web standards and accessibility areas and is a current active member of the Web Standards Group. Schalk is also the co-founder and president of the non-profit The South Web Standards and Accessibility Group, which aims to actively educate and raise awareness of web standards and accessibility to both the developer society as well as business large and small. Schalk also has a long relationship with DZone and is currently zone leader for both the web builder,, as well as the .NET zone,, and you can find a lot of his writing there as well as on his blog located at Schalk is constantly expanding on his knowledge of various aspects of technology and loves to stay in touch with the latest happenings. For Schalk web development and the internet is not just a job, it is a love, a passion and a life style. Schalk has posted 173 posts at DZone. View Full User Profile

BIRT 2.3 What's New And the Ganymede IDE for Java Report Developers

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Neethling: What other features has been added or improved in BIRT 2.3 that you have not already mentioned?

Dodson: There were over 250 enhancements to BIRT 2.3 so there were lots of smaller things added like the ability to reference external JavaScript(JS) files as a report resource.  Once this is done, I can call a JavaScript function anywhere within the report.  There is also a new concatenate function built into the aggregation wizard so instead of summing or averaging a list of values, I can concatenate them together.  There were some improvements to the output algorithms for both PDF and Postscript resulting in smaller output file sizes. Another feature with BIRT 2.3 is the Project Specific Settings.  You can now set properties, like the location of the resource file and element defaults by individual project allowing you to have multiple configurations within the same workspace.

Neethling: What new features or enhancements can specifically Java developers look forward to in BIRT 2.3 with regards to aspects such as event handlers, and the report engine API?

Dodson: Certainly the most important feature for someone writing event handlers is the improved debugging support.  BIRT 2.3 has also improved the Event handler for the Scripted data set to allow input parameters when implementing the event in Java.

Neethling: Thank you Virgil for joining me for this interview. I must say, BIRT 2.3 is a mamonth release and I would definitely encourage report developers to grab the latest Ganymede Eclipse IDE for Java and Report Developers. Is there anything you would like to add in closing?

Dodson: Thanks Schalk for conducting the interview.  The latest version of Eclipse BIRT 2.3 can be downloaded from or


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amar nath replied on Mon, 2009/04/27 - 8:27am

hi sir, im trying to deploy birt runtime 2.3.2 on jdk1.6 .. my birt code is not working if i do so..which was working fine with birt runtime 2.2.2... can u please suggest me ...should i need to include additional supporting jar files??? Amarnath V

Deva Rajan replied on Thu, 2010/10/07 - 11:39pm

very nice. help with how to develope birt and how to comile,run the birt using java code

Carla Brian replied on Fri, 2012/07/06 - 11:48pm

I want to learn more on this one. It is kinda interesting. I will download more tutorials on this. - Mercy Ministries

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