Got Ganymede RC4 with Birt Running on Win xp sp3

As I thought might be the case my problems seem to have been due to massive user error. The key is that one must start a project before trying to set anything else up, and.. The BIRT package comes with its own version of data explorer that is not the same as the main Eclipse DTP. I sill have not gotten the data tools platform (DTP) working with My Mysql database. I did get a sample report going with MY mysql database. so that is a start. For help on this if you are as confused as I was, and to some extent still am see the screen shots from me and the from the great help from an Actuate master (BIRT developer). see the bug 236647 (in Bugzilla) for some useful info for the total newbie!

So a key that I don’t think is highlighted in Eclipse Docs is that you must have STARTED A PROJECT, before anything else works properly, makes sense since it uses the project workspace to store all environment info…

If any one has an idea how or where one should put the MYSQL driver into the Eclipse environment so that it will work with the DTP I’d appreciate it! Currently I just get the “can’t find it” message even though it is displayed in the Jar file tab…(and I did set up another project to test it)

I’m still drinking through a fire hose trying to learn Eclipse, MYSQL, and JAVA all at once,(along with BIRT and probably a few other items)

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Installing Eclipse Ganymede on Win XP sp3

Eclipse looks to be a very powerful and well supported software development environment, with huge capability, if I can get it running!

Well…Since for the time being I bombed out on my Linux installation I thought I’d try the win Xp install. I chose the “Ganymede RC3” Report writer package. Every thing seemed to go very smoothly. Then I tried to get my My SQL database hooked up using the JDBC driver… At first I though I had it, the server pinged and indicated that it was connected.. But then I went to look for “data” the server it turns out should have shown up on the navigator with the various databases, so a “data source could be defined,,, These things never happened,. Left some messages on the Newsgroup. Got asked to file a bug report, I did, It’s Bug 236647 In Bugzilla. The first response has been that they tried it and everything works great… So again I’m at a dead end with even being able to get a fairly good starting point with Eclipse. What I don’t get is why it has such an extensive error log when I do a clean install.. It looks like ti is trying to install a bunch of other items not in the installed package,,, It makes getting useful error messages hard to distinguish from the noise.

It should not be this difficult to get a tool installed and working… I’ll even grant that it is probably “user error” but Still!!! Give me something to go on!!!

It’s pretty clear that I have to get this working but I’m not sure what’s next. I’ll have to give them a few days to see if Eclipse people can help me out. I have to get some real work done anyway!

When I get a chance I’ll update getting MYSQL going. I found a neat tool HeidiSQL looks to be much more complete and free than the mysql workbench.

Freeware, Free hosting and Web 2.0+

Updated 5/29/2008 to include links to services and my sample pages. I intend to keep updating the sample pages, so check in or subscribe!

Well I think I’m going to start to document my journey to the brave new software world. Wait! you say, its not new, and well you may be right! But it is new to me and from poking around in the process of learning it it seems that it is new to a lot of other people also.

I began by setting up a web site on Microsoft Live. Located at Http://TomBrander.com it hosts information about my Real Estate statistical consulting services. While Microsoft is not normally associated with great web stuff, this product is a wonderful exception. I got it when they were still handing out free domain registration, which sadly they have discontinued, now its something like $14.95 per year. The hosting however remains free. You can get a free subdomain (like http://myname.live.com) and still get completely operational for free. Since, as some have pointed out, search is the most common way to find information now on the web I don’t think the lack of a full domain registration is the handicap it once was.

I also incorporated a Blog hosted here at wordpress, http://tbrander.wordpress.com and incorporated into the main site via Iframes.

I’m now exploring Linux (Ubuntu), MySql, Eclipse, Open Office. I’ve got them loaded but I have a way to go to get fully operational. I’m Using a dual boot Dell Win XP pro Machine with the newest Ubuntu Hardy. I’ll pick up some of that next time. I’m striving to create a solid free software development replacement to my entire Windows experience. I need a replacement for MS Access and eventually Photoshop CS3, although If I could get that in Wine I’d probably be ok with it.

Other neat tools/ services I’ve picked up are: Many Items in Google such as my new favorite: Google “reader” the Shared items page, Base, Mail, Docs, adsense, to do lists, portfolio, finance and a bunch of others, something new almost every day.

Jott: great for keeping notes to myself when away from the desk. It is a voice recognition system which I set on my cellphone speed-dial and use to send e-mail reminders as well as to do items and calendar items.

Metadot: A free hosted Wiki that I just started to work on yesterday. My experimental site is here.

Del.icio.us; A great way to keep bookmarks organized so I can get to them via any computer and not use my browser which keeps them stuck on one machine.

In fact one of my main goals is to move as much as I can into the “cloud” so that depending on a particular machine and location is no longer necessary. So this means giving up on Microsoft Outlook. So far no problem.

One last item for today is getting Firefox instead of Explorer, It has been a great improvement. I happen to be in Explorer at the moment, for no particular reason but I find myself most of the time in Firefox, which seems noticeably faster and much less crash prone, when running exactly the same stuff! Update, Installed the rc1 of Mozilla 3.0 on Windows works great  and the pre release 3.xx version on Linux.