JDBC 4 Compliance

  • Must support auto loading of the driver
    • Done by including a META-INF/services/java.sql.Driver file
  • Must implement the following Interfaces
    • Driver
    • Connection
    • ResultSet
    • Statement
  • Must support transactions
  • Must support Entry Level SQL92

Hello World Example

// You need to have h2.jar in the same folder
// Compile and run: javac App.java; java -cp ".:h2.jar" App
Connection conn = DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:h2:mem:test");

Statement s = conn.createStatement();
s.execute("CREATE TABLE person(id int, name varchar, lastname varchar);");
s.execute("INSERT INTO person VALUES(1, 'Koray', 'Tugay');");
s.execute("INSERT INTO person VALUES(2, 'John', 'Doe');");
s.execute("INSERT INTO person VALUES(3, 'Jane', 'Doe');");
s.execute("INSERT INTO person VALUES(4, 'Pinar', 'Tugay');");

ResultSet rs = s.executeQuery("SELECT * FROM person");

ResultSetMetaData rsmd = rs.getMetaData();
int colCount = rsmd.getColumnCount();

String[] columnNames = new String[colCount];
for (int i = 1; i <= colCount; i++) 
    columnNames[i-1] = rsmd.getColumnName(i);

String header = Stream.of(columnNames).collect(Collectors.joining("\t"));

while (rs.next()) {
    for (String columnName : columnNames)
        System.out.print(rs.getObject(columnName) + "\t");


1	Koray	Tugay	
2	John	Doe	
3	Jane	Doe	
4	Pinar	Tugay	

Notes on Hello World

  • To obtain a Connection, call DriverManager.getConnection(String jdbcUrl)
    • There are other versions with additional properties such as username and password
  • To create a Statement, call Connection.createStatement()
  • To execute a query that will return a ResultSet, call Statement.executeQuery(String query)
    • executeQuery returns a ResultSet object that you can extract further information from
  • To execute a query that will not return a ResultSet, call Statement.executeUpdate(String query)
    • executeUpdate returns number of rows affected
  • To execute a dynamic query (such as input from user) that will return either a ResultSet or number of affected rows, call Statement.execute(String query)
    • executeQuery returns a boolean value: true if a ResultSet is returned, false if number of affected rows is returned
    • getResultSet or getUpdateCount can then be called based on the the returning boolean value






Finding Number of Rows Using TYPE_SCROLL_INSENSITIVE

Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:derby:mydb;create=true");

Statement st = con.createStatement();
try {
    st.execute("DROP TABLE person");
} catch (Exception ignored) {}
st.execute("CREATE TABLE person(Id INT, Name VARCHAR(255))");
st.execute("INSERT INTO person VALUES(1, 'Koray')");
st.execute("INSERT INTO person VALUES(2, 'Deniz')");
st.execute("INSERT INTO person VALUES(3, 'Toprak')");
st.execute("INSERT INTO person VALUES(4, 'Pinar')");

// ResultSet.TYPE_SCROLL_INSENSITIVE lets you move cursor around contrary to FORWARD_ONLY
// ResultSet.CONCUR_READ_ONLY is the default where we can only read data and not update it
st = con.createStatement(ResultSet.TYPE_SCROLL_INSENSITIVE, ResultSet.CONCUR_READ_ONLY);
ResultSet rs = st.executeQuery("SELECT * FROM person");
rs.last();                  // Move to last row
int count = rs.getRow();    // Get row number, in this example 4
rs.beforeFirst();           // Position cursor back


Transaction Isolation

Transaction Isolation Levels Example with Derby

  • Make sure you have derby.jar in the folder
  • Run either by passing the argument true or not
    • killall -9 java; clear; javac App.java; java -cp ".:derby.jar" App;
    • killall -9 java; clear; javac App.java; java -cp ".:derby.jar" App true;
import java.sql.*;
import java.util.*;

class App {
    static Map<Integer, String> isolationLevels = new HashMap<>();
    static {
        isolationLevels.put(Connection.TRANSACTION_READ_COMMITTED, "Connection.TRANSACTION_READ_COMMITTED");
        isolationLevels.put(Connection.TRANSACTION_READ_UNCOMMITTED, "Connection.TRANSACTION_READ_UNCOMMITTED");

    public static void main(String[] args) throws SQLException {
        String url = "jdbc:derby:coffeshop;create=true";
        Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection(url);
        // Default for Derby is Connection.TRANSACTION_READ_COMMITTED
        System.out.println("Default: " + isolationLevels.get(con.getTransactionIsolation()));

        Statement st = con.createStatement();
        try {
            st.execute("DROP TABLE coffee");
        } catch (Exception ignored) {}

        st.execute("CREATE TABLE coffee(Type VARCHAR(255), Price INT)");
        st.executeUpdate("INSERT INTO coffee VALUES ('Blonde', 10)");


        // Example
        Connection supplier = DriverManager.getConnection(url);
        Connection consumer = DriverManager.getConnection(url);

        supplier.createStatement().executeUpdate("UPDATE coffee SET Price = 20");

        if (args.length > 0 && args[0].equals("true")) {
            // Allow consumer to read uncommitted data
        // Application blocks here if consumers transaction isolation is TRANSACTION_READ_COMMITTED
        ResultSet rs = consumer.createStatement().executeQuery("SELECT Price FROM coffee");
        // Prints 10 if consumers transaction isolation is TRANSACTION_READ_UNCOMMITTED
        // This is potentially dirty data since supplier may choose to rollback


Notes on the Example

  • Default isolation level for Derby is TRANSACTION_READ_COMMITTED
  • When you run the program above without true, this isolation level is kept intact
  • supplier is not in auto commit mode, and is not committing its changes
  • This causes consumer (and the whole application) to block since it is only allowed to read committed data
  • If you provide the true argument when calling the program, consumers isolation level be TRANSACTION_READ_UNCOMMITTED
  • This will allow consumer to read uncommitted, potentially dirty data