Business Objects Builds Eclipse Plug-in for Crystal Reports
Company is answering challenge from Actuate's open-source Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools project.Business Objects S.A. is nearing completion of an Eclipse plug-in for its Crystal Reports application that will let developers working in the open-source framework add Crystal Reports query and reporting capabilities to their applications. The move is the companys response to the Eclipse-based BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) system, an open-source reporting system for Web applications; Actuate Corp. is spearheading its development.
BIRT provides core reporting features such as report layout, data access and scripting, mainly for Java and J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition)-based applications. Business Objects officials in San Jose, Calif., said their plug-in will deliver a more complete reporting offering for Eclipse developers, providing functionality such as the advanced report design and management capabilities that are in the current Crystal Reports XI version.