Background When users are making web report, they always have to connect to data source. As users' data requirements are differ in thousand ways, so users often need to define data source by themselves. Sometimes, this may be very complex. Solution As a professional Web-based Java reporting tool, RAQ Report givesout two methods to solve this problem. 1. Connect to data source with the API of RAQ Report. And the program is as follows: context.setDefDataSourceName("demo"); context.setConnection("demo",con); DataSourceConfig dsoc = new DataSourceConfig(2, true, "GBK", "GBK", false); context.setDataSourceConfig("demo", dsoc); 2. Link to data source with jdbc. And the program is as follows: public java.sql.Connection getConnection() throws Exception { Connection conn=null; try{ Class.forName("org.hsqldb.jdbcDriver"); }catch(ClassNotFoundException cne){ cne.printStackTrace(); } try{ conn= DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:hsqldb:hsql://localhost:9001/runqianDB","sa",""); }catch(SQLException e){ e.printStackTrace(); } return conn; } When develop web reporting project, users can connect to data source easily with these two methods provided by RAQ Report. Accoding to real business, users can choose a better one. This post is from freezea's blog. You are welcomed cc it anywhere, and please indicate the source. If you would like to read more articles about reporting tool, you are also welcome to refer to my blog.