Archive for January, 2010

BIRT series palette is static by default, meaning colours are applied in the specified order without being tied to the actual category values. This is ok in most cases, however consider the following scenario. In our data we expect three category values, “1-Low”, “2-Mid” and “3-High” and the chart series palette has been set to […]

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 18:05 | 9 comments
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It is possible to set the title of a chart dynamically, for example based on parameter values, using a little bit of scripting. The example below assumes that two parameters are defined (“Year” and “Month” with values such as “2010” and “Jan”). function beforeGeneration( chart, icsc ) {     var sYear = icsc.getExternalContext().getScriptable().getParameterValue( “Year” );     var […]

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 12:55 | 1 comment
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VMware Player experiences mouse capture problems when run under Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic host. Inside the guest window, the mouse pointer works fine in a top-left rectangle of the window (640×480 pixels?) but outside of this area the mouse pointer switches its focus to the host. Add the following line to the file /etc/vmware/bootstrap to fix […]

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 at 13:43 | 0 comments
Categories: Linux

Eclipse BIRT comes with Report Viewer, a J2EE application used for generating and displaying reports. Whilst deploying and using the out-of-the-box application on Tomcat is straightforward, there are fairly rich configuration and parametrization options which are non-obvious. The following two documents describe how the viewer works and how to control its behaviour. BIRT Viewer User’s […]

Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 14:15 | 0 comments
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Follow these steps to change the search engine used by Firefox 3 address bar: Enter about:config in the browser’s address bar and accept a warning dialog if it appears. In the filter box type in keyword.URL Double click the entry and paste in your prefered search engine URL (e.g. You can always revert back […]

Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 14:10 | 0 comments
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