Step 5: Call the BIRT component to generate the report
To call the BIRT off-the-shelf component, and generate a report:
Start the USoft application, and open the SQL Command window from the Tools menu.
In SQL command execute one of the following commands:
SELECT birt.generatepdf ('path-to-report-definition', 'path-to-output-file')
INVOKE birt.generatepdf WITH SELECT 'path-to-report-definition', 'path-to-output-file'
•path-to-report-definition is the location of the BIRT report definition file created using the BIRT Report Designer.
•path-to-output-file is the location of the report that you wish to generate.
•GENERATEPDF can be replaced by one of the following methods, if an output file with a format other than Portable Document Format (PDF) is required.
•GENERATEDOC for a Microsoft Word document
•GENERATEHTML for HTML
•GENERATEXLS for a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.
If you receive an error message, go here.
Optionally, to facilitate easy deployment of this report definition where multiple data sources are present, you can parameterize the report definition and use variables in the command used to start the generation of the report.