This blog series takes a look back at the past week in the forums, recalling how active they were and highlights some of the questions asked that seem to frequent the forums or other interesting topics. We are in the last month of the year now and the forums continue to be a busy place. I'm not expecting this to change in the new year, either. BIRT is obviously a very popular data visualization tool! Many great questions and answers are being posted every day. As always, thanks to those users who help answer questions! It is a great help to the community!
This weeks unanswered question is about [url=http://www.birt-exchange.org/org/forum/index.php/topic/24141-how-to-schedule-the-report-to-generate-in-csv/]scheduling reports to output in CSV[/url]. The poster is wanting to be able to schedule reports to run to CSV output. They are using Maximo where they have the option to schedule for PDF and XLS, but not CSV. If anyone has a suggestion or solution, please respond in the thread that is linked above!
The second topic for this week is about [url=http://www.birt-exchange.org/org/forum/index.php/topic/24036-time-problem/]elapsed time formatting[/url]. The poster had a field that represented the seconds between two dates. They wanted to show the time in a format like, hh:mm:ss. They created a datetime field and used the seconds to create a date and formatted the date to only showed the time portion. This worked out great, until they had a span of over 24 hours, then the elapsed day, disappeared. The way suggested to handle this is to write a simple script to figure the hours, minutes, and seconds and just create the formatted time string that way. If any aggregations must be done on this data, you still have the elapsed seconds field to use in these computations.
The last topic for this week is about [url=http://www.birt-exchange.org/org/forum/index.php/topic/24085-invoke-script-on-chart-interactivity/]showing a table tooltip on a chart on mouseover[/url]. The poster wanted to be able to show a 4×4 grid of detail values when they hover over a data point in a chart but didn't know how. In the thread, an example shows how you can create a HTML table in a div in a HTML text box, then use client side script to cause a HTML table to "popup" when you hover over a datapoint. An example can be found in the thread.
Again, this is just a small sample of what went through the forums this past week. For more questions and answers that have been posted, check out the [url=http://www.birt-exchange.org/org/forum/]forums[/url]. As always, if you have a question, feel free to ask it, and if you see a question you know the answer to or have a similar experience to, feel free to post an answer or comment.