Toys ‘r’ Welcome, And Le’go my Legos UserPageVisits:217 active 80 80 DaniWeb 561 60 2009-09-01T21:27:29+00:00

Toys ‘r’ Welcome, And Le’go my Legos


Attention marketing professionals: Sending cute toys along with press releases is a good way to get me to notice them. I received a package today from Actuate, which makes RIA and business intelligence tools. In addition to news about BIRT-based Actuate 10, which I’ll get to in a minute, the package contained a small Lego robotic space-man kit. I love Legos, and so does my 11-year-old son. He and I have spent countless hours constructing vehicles and small buildings with the small plastic geometric building blocks.

A half-dozen fully-constructed space ships and terrestrial vehicles currently adorn Nick’s bedroom, embarking frequently on voyages to the surrounding universe of our home. And since the kit has a nominal dollar value, I'm not required to return it by the rules of my employer. So tonight I’ll have the pleasure of giving Nick a space-man to assemble. The space-man will likely command an X-Wing Fighter, or perhaps the Mars rover-looking thing.

Actuate 10, the latest version of the company's flagship reporting tool is based on the Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools, an early and now mature Eclipse project that was founded in 2004 by Actuate and the Eclipse Foundation. BIRT consists of an Eclipse-based report designer, charting engine and runtime, and is intended to allow developers to easily add reporting to Web applications. It's open source and works particularly well with Java.

I don't know too much ahead of the official announcement on Monday (Nov. 10), but I can tell you that new features will include Ajax-based report viewing that is customizable by the end-user, content and external app integration and mash-up capabilities through a new JavaScript API, Flash-based charts and widgets and page-level security.

About the Author

I am Technical Editor of the [url=]CRN Test Center[/url], a kind of computer-centric "Consumer Reports" for retailers and VARs ([url=][/url]). I bought my first computer in 1980, an Atari 800. In addition to adventure games like Zork, I also played with the hardware, dabbling with ROM dumps and mods to the 810 disk drive. That's also where I learned BASIC programming. After 1984, I moved to PCs, clones and NetWare, and then to Apple IIs and Macs until around 1990. In July of that year I got my first job at a publishing company, supporting about 25 Mac users (including the staff of "MacWeek").

Between '06 and '09 I was editor of [URL=]ST&P[/URL], a software testing trade magazine. I also wrote a software [URL=]Test & QA [/URL]newsletter, and was chairman of the [url=]Software Test & Performance conference[/url].

Hi Eddie, you don't actually have to wait for Actuate 10 to be released, you can download a beta version at BIRT Exchange


Nice article. What is the current version?

This post seems to be more about kids construction toys then BI software :) - so here is the Lego Toys for your kids :)

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