[Phpwm] Reporting Systems

Jake Stride jake.stride at senokian.com
Thu Feb 22 12:19:00 GMT 2007

On 22 Feb 2007, at 12:10, Ian Munday wrote:

> So far BIRT offers all positives, but now I need to sort out  
> authentication - clearly any report request must authenticate the  
> user (just as the web app does).  I've followed the suggestions on  
> http://www.eclipse.org/birt/phoenix/deploy/usingPHP.php whereby  
> BIRT is hosted on its own app server (Tomcat) and reports are  
> called using the BIRT Viewer URLs.  To add authentication it  
> appears to me I'd do something like:
>     1)  Pass an authentication token as a parameter to BIRT.
>     2)  Use the token to reference my database containing session  
> information.
> I'd like to keep any Java coding I have to do to a minimum purely  
> because I'm not very fluent in it after not touching it for years.

Thats my main issue with BIRT is the requirement to start using  
Tomcat or the like - its one more thing to install and config (we are  
looking to use it with EGS) and I can see lots of support queries  
with people not getting it up and running.

> With regards the other options you've highlighted, my initial  
> (possibly inaccurate) impressions are:
>     *  PHP Report Generator - not very mature, too basic for my needs
>     *  DataVision - active community but less mature than BIRT(?)  
> though at first glance appears to offer similar functionality
>     *  RLIB - looks like it has the functionality I would require,  
> and looks easier to integrate directly with PHP, but I can't see  
> any GUI available - maintenance a chore?
> I'd be interested to hear how you get on with whatever route you go  
> down.

I think your initial impressions of these are much the same as me!



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