Plex-XML – what keeps us busy
Author: Joerg

November 18, 2007

Since we are back from Cincinnati a lot of questions about Plex-XML have been asked by the Plex community. In order to make our answers available to all of you we have prepared some new things:

Tutorial:
There is a detailed tutorial in the Plex-XML Wiki. It has been tested by some of our customer and it provides a quick start with Plex-XML to anyone. Start here.
And there is a ready to use tutorial application online also. See http://tutorial.plex-xml.com and feel free to click around in this little demo.

FAQ:
The FAQ section is steadily growing according to your questions and we hope it will answer most of the questions newbies might have about Plex-XML.

Screen shots:
We have also put some screen shots into the wiki. They will give you a first impression of how an out-of-the-box Plex-XML application looks like. For sure you can adjust the CSS and look and feel to your own CI if you like.

Documentation:
Our Wiki is growing nearly every day. But there is still a lot of room for improvements.

Format 2.0:
We have started to extend our Format pattern. The new version will have much more settings for client layout and user comfort. This should be finished by the end of this year.

BIRT Reporting:
COGNOS 8 Enterprise Reporting is a great reporting tool. But unfortunately it is a bit too expensive for some of our smaller projects. So we decided to integrate Eclipse BIRT as a open source alternative into our reporting pattern. Some first reports are up and running in our HelpDesk application and we plan to include a small demo into the tutorial until the end of this year.
See http://www.eclipse.org/birt/phoenix/intro for more details about Eclipse BIRT.

And as always don’t hesitate to contact us or use our wiki if there are any questions…

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