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Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ:ACTU), the people behind BIRT™, today announced Phillip Mayhew as the first winner of its DevShare Contributor of the Month contest. The recently launched contest recognizes BIRT Exchange ( members who actively contribute to the BIRT community.

Phillip Mayhew began working with BIRT three months ago when he encountered a need to automate report documents. He created a BIRT web service driver to extract data from SSL secured web services, something that the original web service driver did not support. Phillip modified the original web service driver and figured other people might benefit from his work as well, so he posted the updated driver to DevShare on BIRT Exchange and his contribution was selected as the first contest winner.

With many BIRT Exchange community members becoming experts with the technology during their implementation of BIRT applications, the lessons they learn while developing the applications are valuable to other developers attempting to accomplish similar goals. Recognizing this as a call to increase collaboration, Actuate created DevShare on BIRT Exchange where developers can share the lessons they have learned in the form of quick-tips, example code, report designs, technical blog posts, online articles, tutorials, or anything else they find helpful while developing their applications.

“Congratulations to Philip Mayhew on being selected as the first DevShare Contributor of the Month,” said Ray Gans, BIRT Community Manager, Actuate. “We hope that quality contributions such as his will further collaboration on the DevShare area of BIRT Exchange, a place where developers are able to share and discover useful information contributed by other members of the BIRT community.”

The person with the most popular DevShare item submitted each month is selected as Contributor of the Month. For more information on the DevShare Contributor of the Month Contest, visit

Actuate - the people behind BIRT

Actuate founded and continues to co-lead the Eclipse BIRT open source project. BIRT is the premier development environment for Rich Information Applications that present data in compelling and interactive ways via the web on any device. Actuate and its people are dedicated to making BIRT the best development environment for these Web 2.0 applications that help customers drive revenue through higher customer satisfaction and loyalty and improve operational performance. The people of Actuate continually participate in and provide resources for the vibrant open source community that has emerged around BIRT. Anybody can participate in the BIRT movement by visiting,

Actuate offers value-add BIRT products and services that speed the development process and bring additional functionality, interactivity and enterprise scalability to BIRT-based Rich Information Applications. Actuate has over 4,400 customers globally in a diverse range of business areas including financial services and the public sector. Founded in 1993, Actuate is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with offices worldwide. Actuate is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol ACTU. For more information, visit the company’s web site at

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