BIRT and PHP Reporting

December 10th, 2006 by Samuel Santos Leave a reply »

Actuate Corporation and Zend Technologies have teamed up to allow PHP developers to quickly add reporting capabilities to web applications using Actuate BIRT.

The collaboration between Zend and Actuate has resulted in new capabilities in the 3.0 version of the Zend Platform. Zend Platform 3.0 allows PHP developers to quickly integrate reporting capabilities, including charting, to web applications by calling Actuate BIRT reports via the Zend Java Bridge. Web application developers are often faced with strong end-user demands for reports that integrate and summarize application data. This new functionality will provide an efficient alternative to hand coding reports from scratch using PHP, and will ensure that more PHP applications are up and running quickly with the reporting capabilities that they need. Developers who have built reports using Actuate BIRT will now be able to easily distribute those reports via PHP applications.
Functionality that is now available to PHP developers includes:

  • Flexible report output formats that deliver single or multi-page PDF or HTML reports in several viewing and printed formats using parameters, multiple sections, grouping levels, charts, and more. Report content can also easily be exported to CSV format.
  • Reports built on top of any data source that enable report developers to access and generate reports from SQL databases, text files, or XML.
  • Easy-to-use visual design environment that enables developers to create and deploy reports in minutes via a simple, robust, wizard-driven interface.
  • Powerful integrated charting that enables charting reports to be built easily in a variety of types which include Line, Bar, Pie, Meters, Area, Scatter and Stock. The charts can be output in different formats including Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG).
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5 comments

  1. Nigel James says:

    Hi do you know anyone who is doing this. Are there any real life examples? I have been burnt by BIRT trying to do integration with PHP. I would love this to be more that vapourware.

    regards,

    Nigel

  2. I haven’t seen yet any real life examples. I don’t know if the Zend Platform Java Bridge is mature enough to be used in production in the enterprise.
    I hope more news to come with the release of the Zend Platform 3.0.

  3. Nigel James says:

    Thanks for that Samuel. I would love there to be some great examples before we jump and commit to something. Ha! Maybe someone at Zend would like to use us for a ramp-up. That would be great.
    There is a lot more news at Zend.com now about the server product. Lets see how this plays out.

  4. Dean says:

    hi there anand,

    i’ve looked at http://www.theserverside.com/tt/articles/article.tss?l=IntegratingBIRTwithPHP but i have a problem with the last part of tutorial about the “Handling Drill-through Hyperlinks” .
    Can anyone enlighten me with this part..

    thanks
    -Dean

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