By Jason Weathersby and Josh Long
Eclipses Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) project is an open-source project based on the popular Eclipse IDE. The BIRT project had its first major release in the summer of 2005 and has garnered over ten million downloads since its inception. The project was started by Actuate Corporation which uses BIRT as the basis for many of its commercial products. The BIRT project’s site includes an introduction, tutorials, downloads, and examples of using BIRT.