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How to set Bing Search results as a JDBC data source in FineReport.

The CData JDBC Driver for Bing Search fully implements the JDBC standard and can provide Bing Search results connectivity to a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools and custom applications. In this article, we explain how to set Bing Search results as JDBC data source in FineReport and view Bing Search results as a table in the Report Designer.

Set Up a JDBC Data Source of Bing Search Results

Follow the instruction below to set Bing Search results as a FineReport database connection.

  1. Copy the file from the lib folder in the CData JDBC Driver for Bing Search installation directory to the lib folder of the FineReport installation directory. You will need to copy the file as well.
  2. From the Server tab, select Define Data Connection, click to add a new connection, and click JDBC.

Next we will set up the data connection definition in the window.

  1. Database: Others
  2. JDBC Driver:
  3. URL: A standard JDBC connection string using semicolon-separated connection properties.

    To connect to Bing, set the ApiKey connection property. To obtain the API key, sign into Microsoft Cognitive Services and register for the Bing Search APIs.

    Two API keys are then generated; select either one.

    When querying tables, the SearchTerms parameter must be supplied in the WHERE clause.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Bing Search JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    When you configure the JDBC URL, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

  4. Click Connection pool attributes and set Test before getting connections to No.

Click Test connection to ensure you have configured the connection properly. With the connection to Bing Search set up, you can use it as FineReport data source.

Select Bing Search Results in the Report Designer.

  1. Click to add a new template data set and select DB query to open the database query window.
  2. Choose the JDBC connection that you created from the dropdown list.
  3. The Bing Search entities will appear as tables on the left pane.
  4. Write a SELECT statement for the Bing Search results tables and columns that you want to load.
  5. Click preview and data is shown as table.

With these simple steps, Bing Search can be used as a JDBC data source in FineReport.