About the Author

Michael Williams

Michael Williams works as a BIRT Product Evangelist and Forums Manager, working from the Actuate office in Overland Park, Kansas. Most of his time is spent creating technical content for the BIRT Developer Center, in the form of blogs, integration guides and downloadable examples. You can often find him in the forums on the Developer Center or the Eclipse Newsgroup, helping developers learn about BIRT and how to integrate BIRT content into their applications. He is also a committer on the Eclipse BIRT project and helps maintain and provide content for eclipse.org/birt. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering in 2004 from The University of Kansas. Outside of work, he enjoys running, golfing, cheering on his Jayhawks, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

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Announcing November’s Community Contributor Leaderboard

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I'm pleased to announce the members of the BIRT Developer Center Community Leaderboard for November 2014. The purpose of this Leaderboard is to honor the top contributors to the community each month and to have a little fun. Scores are also posted in the Developer Center Community. You can recognize past and current Leaderboard members by special badges on their forum and DevShare p... Read More

Announcing October’s Community Contributor Leaderboard

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I'm pleased to announce the members of the BIRT Developer Center Community Leaderboard for October 2014. The purpose of this Leaderboard is to honor the top contributors to the community each month and to have a little fun. Scores are also posted in the Developer Center Community. You can recognize past and current Leaderboard members by special badges on their forum and DevShare po... Read More

Free BIRT iHub F-Type Training at Paris and Frankfurt Data Driven Summits

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As you may have heard, Actuate is circling the globe with free BIRT training and discussion of The Next Big App at its annual customer days, now known as BIRT Data Driven Summits. What you may not know is that just recently it has been decided to offer free, in-person training on the new, free BIRT iHub F-Type at the Paris and Frankfurt events. Below is a little of what you can expec... Read More

Introducing BIRT iHub F-Type: Integrating into Applications

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If you’re familiar with open source BIRT and what the out-of-the-box options for integration are, you know that you had the viewer that could be called by URL, the viewer tag library that allowed you to embed the viewer into a JSP page, or a custom solution you built using the BIRT APIs. With BIRT iHub F-Type, you still have the ability to call visualizations by URL, but you also add t... Read More

Announcing September’s Community Contributor Leaderboard

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I'm pleased to announce the members of the BIRT Developer Center Community Leaderboard for September 2014. The purpose of this Leaderboard is to honor the top contributors to the community each month and to have a little fun. Scores are also posted in the Developer Center Community. You can recognize past and current Leaderboard members by special badges on their forum and DevShare ... Read More

Announcing the July and August Community Contributor Leaderboards

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I'm pleased to announce the members of the BIRT Developer Center Community Leaderboards for July and August 2014. The purpose of this Leaderboard is to honor the top contributors to the community each month and to have a little fun. Scores are also posted in the Developer Center Community. You can recognize past and current Leaderboard members by special badges on their forum and De... Read More

Introducing BIRT iHub F-Type: Connecting to Data and Creating a Design

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So, you heard about this new, fancy tool from Actuate called BIRT iHub F-Type that will help you display your data in interactive and meaningful ways. You’ve installed it, however, you’re not really familiar with BIRT and are lost looking for where you create your data connections. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The BIRT data visualization suite starts with the BIRT Designer.... Read More

Employment Opportunity: Project Lead – Eclipse BIRT

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How would you like to have a leadership role in the development of an open source project that has over 3.5 million developers using it in their applications worldwide? If you would and you live in or would relocate to the Bay Area, you're in luck. Actuate, the founders of the Eclipse BIRT open source project, are looking for an architect and hands-on developer to lead the open sourc... Read More

Introducing BIRT iHub F-Type: Running the VMware Image

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Last week, Actuate released a new, free BIRT server called the BIRT iHub F-Type. It incorporates all the functionality of BIRT iHub and is limited only by the capacity of output it can deliver on a daily basis. It is ideal for departmental and smaller scale applications. When BIRT F-Type reaches its maximum output capacity, additional capacity can be purchased on a subscription based mod... Read More

Changing the Series Type of a Specific Chart Series

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"Can I have two different series types in a single chart in BIRT?" Questions seem to come up on this subject fairly often. The answer: Yes, you can for certain chart types. In the simpler scenario where you define each series individually with the chart builder, it's very straightforward in either open source BIRT or BIRT Designer Pro. Say you have a simple 2-series chart that looks l... Read More