[Phpwm] Open Source Universe Builder

Tony Lovering tonylovering at talktalk.net
Thu Apr 5 15:06:42 BST 2007

sukh virdee wrote:
> Hi,
> Does anybody know of an open source database universe creator as 
> bundled in with Business Objects and Crystal Reports?
> I've had a look at iReport from JasperSoft and will be looking at 
> JasperETL tomorrow, and also got BIRT running, however, these appear 
> to be reporting tools rather than universe generators. Please correct 
> me if I'm wrong.
> I basically need a universe creator to take my DB, and allow non 
> technical users to be able to interogate the data how they wish.
> Any ideas will be most welcome.
> Kind regards,
> Sukh
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Hi Sukh

I don't know of an open source product that does what you want. Both 
Crystal Reports and a product called Stonefield Query (see 
www.stonefieldquery.com/) have a data dictionary element that allows you 
to define data elements in simple terms.

Have you looked at Pentaho Reporting: formerly known as JFreeReport ( 
see http://reporting.pentaho.org/) it is open source, I have just 
downloaded it as I'm also looking for a reporting tool.

Alternatively, you could develop your own end user data dictionary, I 
have done this for some of my systems as part of a simple query facility.



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