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Blackboard Help

About the Blackboard Plugin for BIRT

Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) has two main components: a report designer based on the Eclipse platform and a runtime component that can be embedded in custom applications and application servers.  BIRT can produce reports that present results in simple lists or charts, cross tab/matrix reports, text documents, and compound reports that combine two or more of these layout types into a single report. BIRT can produce reports that present results in simple lists or charts, cross tab/matrix reports, text documents, and compound reports that combine two or more of these layout types into a single report.

BIRT reports can incorporate data from any source by using its Open Data Access (ODA) framework to access any kind of tabular data. Reports generated from multiple data sources and various data transformations are also supported. Some examples of this include summarization, sorting and calculation of percentages, as well as the type of sorting and grouping that is typically needed for business intelligence reporting.

Enable Server Multibyte Support for BIRT Reports

These procedures assume an Administrator has full administrative rights as either administrator or root. Upon removing an individual cluster node, the Blackboard services will need to be shutdown and restarted in order to reset the configuration without the clustered node.

How to Enable in Windows

  1. Enable Windows support for complex script and right-to-left languages and East Asian languages.
  2. Follow the steps provided at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/177561.
  3. Open a command prompt window.
  4. Navigate to the following directory:

    blackboard_directory\tools\admin

  5. Stop your server by running the following command:

    ServiceController.bat services.stop

  6. Start your server by running the following command:

    ServiceController.bat services.start

How to Enable in UNIX

If you are using Solaris 10, it is possible that you may need to install a patch to fix the locale tool. The issue is listed on SunSolve at http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-21-137321-01-1.

  1. Add the Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese language packs by following the steps for your platform. For example, Solaris documentation is located at http://developers.sun.com/global/products_platforms/solaris/index.html.
  2. Navigate to the following directory:

    blackboard_directory/tools/admin

  3. Stop your server by issuing the following command:

    ./ServiceController.sh services.stop

  4. Start your server by issuing the following command:

    ./ServiceController.sh services.start

If you are using Solaris 10, it is possible that you may need to install a patch to fix the locale tool. The issue is listed on SunSolve at http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-21-137321-01-1.