Install on eXo Platform
Visioneo application has been originally developed on Gatein Portal, and consequently is very easy to embed in eXo Platform!
Adjust JVM configuration
If you have just downloaded eXo platform bundle, once it is unzipped you need to change a few configuration parameters.
eXo documentation recommends using" setenv-customize.bat" (windows) or "setenv-customize.sh" (Linux) in order to customize JVM setup. These files are located under $TOMCAT_HOME/bin folder, with a "sample" suffix to disable them. For example on Windows we have to rename "setenv-customize.sample.bat" to "setenv-customize.bat", and uncomment in this file the settings we want to change. The most important points are:
- increase EXO_JVM_PERMSIZE_MAX. Keep in mind a BIRT engine is a very large application, and eXo platform already embeds an impressive set of portlets/gadgets.
- Facultative (but recommended for a first install): set EXO_TOMCAT_UNPACK_WARS to true.
- It makes customization easier, we can directly change files (portlet.xml, css, jsp...) under <eXo tomcat root>/webapp/<exploded folder of the application>.
- If not unpacked: we can still customize everything in the .WAR file, and redeploy it.
- If not unpacked: the reportlet application can't access .rptdesign demo reports with a relative path. By default only the default radar chart report will be available, we need to setup an absolute path for birtReportPath & birtResourcePath parameters in portlet.xml.
For this tutorial, below setup has been used:
Deploy visioneo reportlet on eXo
Well, it could'nt be easier:
- Stop eXo, if it is started
- Drop your downloaded visione-portlet.war into $TOMCAT_HOME/webapps
Tomcat will automatically deploy the application when eXo starts.
Start eXo portal
See eXo Platform help for more informations
With a tomcat bundle:
Register visioneo portlet
Login to your eXo platform portal, typically http://localhost:8080/portal/classic/home
Under the admin menu, select "Applications"
Click "Import Applications", and confirm. You should then be able to see Visioneo reportlet among other eXo web applications, in "Categories" portlet window.
Your birt portlet is now ready to use! Edit a page and add one or more reportlet(s) within. In this example we take advantage of the "container" eXo widget to set up a layout with 2 columns. We drag & drop a visioneo portlet into each column. We also put a content portlet in the first column (in picture below we named it "Dashboard comment"), to be able to add live comments related to our dashboard.
Then open "Edit mode" to set up each reportlet window: we select here which birt report to display, default values of report parameters , and tons of facultative configuration settings! Here, we set a radar chart report in the first reportlet, and a treemap report in the second one.
We can also select the grey theme (default is blue), because it is well suited to the default eXo theme. More important, in the "Report" tab, we need to reduce the report width, which is 800px by default. For this example we set up 525px for each reportlet window.
When you want to apply your reportlet preferences, since the popup window displayed by eXo is pretty small, most of the time whe need to use a vertical scrollbar to reach the Visioneo "Apply" button.
If you want to use the maximization feature, in "Portlet Setting" enable the info bar:
Save the page and enjoy your dashboard! The first run of a report is always a bit longer, a BIRT engine needs to warm up first!
Portal user attributes in your BIRT reports
eXo platform smartly implements JSR portlet specifications, thus we are able to take advantage of user portal attributes in dataset queries! See this article for more informations
Install a light visioneo package (Deprecated)
In order to install a "light" visioneo package with Tomcat eXo bundle, we have to:
- remove a jar
<eXo server root>/lib/rhino-1.7R3.jar
js.jarcontained in a birt runtime (1.7.R2 rhino version) to <eXo server root>/lib
- Install dependencies as described in Getting started article
- install a visioneo light bundle .WAR as described above for a quickstart bundle
This way it will work. Though there could be side effects in some eXo applications using rhino since it is an older version. Therefore in addition we can override it in these applications, by copying rhino-1.7R3.jar into
WEB-INF/lib folders of these applications.
With a jBoss7 server it would be easier (at least theorically...) because we could just exclude rhino-1.7R3.jar from the reportlet application.
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