For those that want an all-in-one solution while having the Eclipse already installed. With the BIRT Report Designer for Windows, a user can get all the BIRT plug-ins they need for the existing Eclipse environment.
For those that do not know what BIRT is, it is essentially just an open-source technology platform that is used to create various reports and data visualizations that can be then embedded into web applications or even rich-client based applications. There are tons of enterprise applications here. If a developer uses BIRT, they are then able to access information from several data sources both quickly and easily so that they can create apps and reports using world-class data visualizations. BIRT is a top-class software project that was based on the Eclipse Foundation, which is an independent non-profit think tank of industry vendors from the software industry as well as the open-source community. It is supported by a large active community of users at the Eclipse website.
There are two main components to the tool, a visual report designer for creating designs and a runtime report component for generating a design that can eventually be deployed to any Java environment. The philosophy is based around different data sources, including common ones like POJO, SQL databases, XML, JDO data stores, and JFire Scripting Objects. It's about open source standards, which is a powerful movement with a large community. It can integrate with any data source in almost any environment with the highest standards in software design and quality.
Allows all the BIRT plug-ins for an existing Eclipse environment