Archive for July, 2009

In the legend properties for BIRT meter charts (accessed via Format Chart > Chart Area > Legend) there is a Show Value checkbox which controls displaying the series value together with its name. For some reason, in the Entries the dialog the Format control appears to be disabled, and so there is no way to […]

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 17:11 | 0 comments
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BIRT has a wonderful meter chart type which is very useful for building KPI-based performance dashboards. However, it can be a little tricky to get the visual layout of the chart right. With default settings most of the chart is empty blank space with a relatively small dial in the middle. This is because the […]

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 15:50 | 0 comments
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Recently it’s happened a few times that the splash image, normally only shown while Eclipse is being loaded, remains visible even after Eclipse is fully loaded (using Eclipse 3.2.2 on Ubuntu 9.04). Even though it is only a minor annoyance since the splash can be closed from the Window List (aka task bar), I prefer […]

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 13:33 | 0 comments
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Unfortunately the default memory settings for Eclipse are not sufficient to run BIRT properly on Ubuntu. Editing BIRT reports was fine on my machine, but the preview always crashed or froze Eclipse. When run from the command line, errors like these came up: Exception in thread “SocketListener0-0” java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: PermGen space Exception in thread “SocketListener0-1” java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: […]

Saturday, July 18th, 2009 at 05:08 | 0 comments

There’s a strange bug in BIRT charting with Firefox on Linux. Some charts are rendered with horizontal and vertical scrollbars, sort of like an embedded frame which is too big to fit in the allocated space. The fix for this annoyance is straightforward, simply change the output format from SVG to PNG on the first […]

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 at 15:27 | 1 comment