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Java - Build Dynamic Table (BIRT)

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Java - Build a Dynamic Table

This example opens an existing report and adds a data source, data set and a table. The table columns are dynamically created based on an ArrayList that is passed in. The columns must exist in the query that is passed in.

Imported from old example area.

Modifying the Source

Prior to compiling the source, modify these three lines:

  • config.setProperty("BIRT_HOME", "C:/birt-runtime-2_1_1/birt-runtime-2_1_1/ReportEngine");
  • designHandle = session.openDesign("c:/tmp/testdeapi.rptdesign");
  • designHandle.saveAs( "c:/temp/sample.rptdesign" ); //$NON-NLS-1$

Edit the first line to point to the actual location where you installed the BIRT runtime. The second line must point to an existing report. The last line is the location where the report will be written to. The directory must exist prior to saving the report.

Compiling the Example

When running this example from within Eclipse, the Java Build Path for the project must contain all of the libraries in the BIRT_HOME/lib directory as well as the JRE System Library.

Here is a complete list of these libraries:

  • chartengineapi.jar
  • com.ibm.icu_3.4.4.1.jar
  • commons-cli-1.0.jar
  • commons-codec-1.3.jar
  • coreapi.jar
  • dataadapterapi.jar
  • dteapi.jar
  • engineapi.jar
  • flute.jar
  • js.jar
  • modelapi.jar
  • org.eclipse.emf.common_2.2.0.v200606051102.jar
  • org.eclipse.emf.ecore.xmi_2.2.0.v200606051102.jar
  • org.eclipse.emf.ecore_2.2.0.v200606051102.jar
  • sac.jar
  • scriptapi.jar

The example should now run successfully.

Add comments at the bottom of the example.

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import java.io.IOException;
import java.util.ArrayList; 

import org.eclipse.birt.core.framework.Platform;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.CellHandle;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.DataItemHandle;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.DesignConfig; 
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.ElementFactory;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.IDesignEngine;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.IDesignEngineFactory;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.LabelHandle;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.OdaDataSetHandle;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.OdaDataSourceHandle;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.PropertyHandle;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.ReportDesignHandle;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.RowHandle;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.SessionHandle;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.StructureFactory;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.TableHandle;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.activity.SemanticException;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.model.api.elements.structures.ComputedColumn;

import com.ibm.icu.util.ULocale;

 * Dynamic Table BIRT Design Engine API (DEAPI) demo.

public class DECreateDynamicTable
	ReportDesignHandle designHandle = null;
	ElementFactory designFactory = null;
	StructureFactory structFactory = null;	
	public static void main( String[] args )
			DECreateDynamicTable de = new DECreateDynamicTable();
			ArrayList al = new ArrayList();
			de.buildReport(al, "From Offices" );
		catch ( IOException e )
			// TODO Auto-generated catch block
		catch ( SemanticException e )
			// TODO Auto-generated catch block

	void buildDataSource( ) throws SemanticException

		OdaDataSourceHandle dsHandle = designFactory.newOdaDataSource(
				"Data Source", "org.eclipse.birt.report.data.oda.jdbc" );
		dsHandle.setProperty( "odaDriverClass",
				"org.eclipse.birt.report.data.oda.sampledb.Driver" );
		dsHandle.setProperty( "odaURL", "jdbc:classicmodels:sampledb" );
		dsHandle.setProperty( "odaUser", "ClassicModels" );
		dsHandle.setProperty( "odaPassword", "" );

		designHandle.getDataSources( ).add( dsHandle );


	void buildDataSet(ArrayList cols, String fromClause ) throws SemanticException

		OdaDataSetHandle dsHandle = designFactory.newOdaDataSet( "ds",
				"org.eclipse.birt.report.data.oda.jdbc.JdbcSelectDataSet" );
		dsHandle.setDataSource( "Data Source" );
		String qry = "Select ";
		for( int i=0; i < cols.size(); i++){
			qry += " " + cols.get(i);
			if( i != (cols.size() -1) ){
				qry += ",";
		qry += " " + fromClause;
		dsHandle.setQueryText( qry );

		designHandle.getDataSets( ).add( dsHandle );
	void buildReport(ArrayList cols, String fromClause ) throws IOException, SemanticException

		//Configure the Engine and start the Platform
		DesignConfig config = new DesignConfig( );

		config.setProperty("BIRT_HOME", "C:/birt-runtime-2_1_1/birt-runtime-2_1_1/ReportEngine");
 		IDesignEngine engine = null;

			Platform.startup( config );
			IDesignEngineFactory factory = (IDesignEngineFactory) Platform
			.createFactoryObject( IDesignEngineFactory.EXTENSION_DESIGN_ENGINE_FACTORY );
			engine = factory.createDesignEngine( config );

		}catch( Exception ex){

		SessionHandle session = engine.newSessionHandle( ULocale.ENGLISH ) ;


			//open a design or a template
			designHandle = session.openDesign("c:/tmp/testdeapi.rptdesign");

			designFactory = designHandle.getElementFactory( );
 			buildDataSet(cols, fromClause);
			TableHandle table = designFactory.newTableItem( "table", cols.size() );
			table.setWidth( "100%" );
 			table.setDataSet( designHandle.findDataSet( "ds" ) );
   			PropertyHandle computedSet = table.getColumnBindings( ); 
			ComputedColumn  cs1 = null;

			for( int i=0; i < cols.size(); i++){
				cs1 = StructureFactory.createComputedColumn();
				cs1.setExpression("dataSetRow[\"" + (String)cols.get(i) + "\"]");
			// table header
			RowHandle tableheader = (RowHandle) table.getHeader( ).get( 0 );

 			for( int i=0; i < cols.size(); i++){
 				LabelHandle label1 = designFactory.newLabel( (String)cols.get(i) );	
 				CellHandle cell = (CellHandle) tableheader.getCells( ).get( i );
 				cell.getContent( ).add( label1 );
 			// table detail
 			RowHandle tabledetail = (RowHandle) table.getDetail( ).get( 0 );
 			for( int i=0; i < cols.size(); i++){
				CellHandle cell = (CellHandle) tabledetail.getCells( ).get( i );
  				DataItemHandle data = designFactory.newDataItem( "data_"+(String)cols.get(i) );
  				data.setResultSetColumn( (String)cols.get(i));
   				cell.getContent( ).add( data );
 			designHandle.getBody( ).add( table );
			// Save the design and close it. 

			designHandle.saveAs( "c:/temp/sample.rptdesign" ); //$NON-NLS-1$
			designHandle.close( );
		}catch (Exception e){




thank you for this great example.

I would like to utilize it with other oda-drivers.

At the moment i have problems, because I got a java.lang.NullPointerException. In that part it occured: OdaDataSourceHandle dsHandle = designFactory.newOdaDataSource( "Data Source", "org.eclipse.birt.report.data.oda.jdbc" ); dsHandle.setProperty( "odaDriverClass", "org.eclipse.birt.report.data.oda.sampledb.Driver" );

I think, the oda-driver have to deployed in a special way.

Please could you give us a hint, how to use it with further oda extensions. Like that one: http://anthonysdevshare.blogspot.com/2008/12/extending-birt-google-spreadsheet-oda.html

There are a lot of people, who would like to know that,too: http://www.birt-exchange.org/forum/deploying-integrating-birt-report-engine-applications/16382-integrate-custom-oda-driver-java-program.html

Please help us :)

Bye Martin