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Getting Started
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Getting Started

The sample code that comes with this tutorial creates a database that is used by a proprietor of a small coffee house called The Coffee Break, where coffee beans are sold by the pound and brewed coffee is sold by the cup.

The following steps configure a JDBC development environment with which you can compile and run the tutorial samples:

  1. Install the latest version of the Java SE SDK on your computer
  2. Install your database management system (DBMS) if needed
  3. Install a JDBC driver from the vendor of your database
  4. Install Apache Ant
  5. Install Apache Xalan
  6. Download the sample code
  7. Modify the build.xml file
  8. Modify the tutorial properties file
  9. Compile and package the samples
  10. Create databases, tables, and populate tables
  11. Run the samples

Install the latest version of the Java SE SDK on your computer

Install the latest version of the Java SE SDK on your computer.

Ensure that the full directory path of the Java SE SDK bin directory is in your PATH environment variable so that you can run the Java compiler and the Java application launcher from any directory.

Install your database management system (DBMS) if needed

You may use Java DB, which comes with the latest version of Java SE SDK. This tutorial has been tested for the following DBMS:

Note that if you are using another DBMS, you might have to alter the code of the tutorial samples.

Install a JDBC driver from the vendor of your database

If you are using Java DB, it already comes with a JDBC driver. If you are using MySQL, install the latest version of Connector/J.

Contact the vendor of your database to obtain a JDBC driver for your DBMS.

There are many possible implementations of JDBC drivers. These implementations are categorized as follows:

Check which driver types comes with your DBMS. Java DB comes with two Type 4 drivers, an Embedded driver and a Network Client Driver. MySQL Connector/J is a Type 4 driver.

Installing a JDBC driver generally consists of copying the driver to your computer, then adding the location of it to your class path. In addition, many JDBC drivers other than Type 4 drivers require you to install a client-side API. No other special configuration is usually needed.

Install Apache Ant

These steps use Apache Ant, a Java-based tool, to build, compile, and run the JDBC tutorial samples. Go to the following link to download Apache Ant:

http://ant.apache.org/

Ensure that the Apache Ant executable file is in your PATH environment variable so that you can run it from any directory.

Install Apache Xalan

The sample RSSFeedsTable.java, which is described in Using SQLXML Objects, requires Apache Xalan if your DBMS is Java DB. The sample uses Apache Xalan-Java. Go to the following link to download it:

http://xml.apache.org/xalan-j/

Download the sample code

The sample code, JDBCTutorial.zip, consists of the following files:

Create a directory to contain all the files of the sample. These steps refer to this directory as <JDBC tutorial directory>. Unzip the contents of JDBCTutorial.zip into <JDBC tutorial directory>.

Modify the build.xml file

The build.xml file is the build file that Apache Ant uses to compile and execute the JDBC samples. The files properties/javadb-build-properties.xml and properties/mysql-build-properties.xml contain additional Apache Ant properties required for Java DB and MySQL, respectively. The files properties/javadb-sample-properties.xml and properties/mysql-sample-properties.xml contain properties required by the sample.

Modify these XML files as follows:

Modify build.xml

In the build.xml file, modify the property ANTPROPERTIES to refer to either properties/javadb-build-properties.xml or properties/mysql-build-properties.xml, depending on your DBMS. For example, if you are using Java DB, your build.xml file would contain this:

<property
  name="ANTPROPERTIES"
  value="properties/javadb-build-properties.xml"/>

  <import file="${ANTPROPERTIES}"/>

Similarly, if you are using MySQL, your build.xml file would contain this:

<property
  name="ANTPROPERTIES"
  value="properties/mysql-build-properties.xml"/>

  <import file="${ANTPROPERTIES}"/>

Modify database-specific properties file

In the properties/javadb-build-properties.xml or properties/mysql-build-properties.xml file (depending on your DBMS), modify the following properties, as described in the following table:

Property Description
JAVAC The full path name of your Java compiler, javac
JAVA The full path name of your Java runtime executable, java
PROPERTIESFILE The name of the properties file, either properties/javadb-sample-properties.xml or properties/mysql-sample-properties.xml
MYSQLDRIVER The full path name of your MySQL driver. For Connector/J, this is typically <Connector/J installation directory>/mysql-connector-java-version-number.jar.
JAVADBDRIVER The full path name of your Java DB driver. This is typically <Java DB installation directory>/lib/derby.jar.
XALANDIRECTORY The full path name of the directory that contains Apache Xalan.
CLASSPATH The class path that the JDBC tutorial uses. You do not need to change this value.
XALAN The full path name of the file xalan.jar.
DB.VENDOR A value of either derby or mysql depending on whether you are using Java DB or MySQL, respectively. The tutorial uses this value to construct the URL required to connect to the DBMS and identify DBMS-specific code and SQL statements.
DB.DRIVER The fully qualified class name of the JDBC driver. For Java DB, this is org.apache.derby.jdbc.EmbeddedDriver. For MySQL, this is com.mysql.jdbc.Driver.
DB.HOST The host name of the computer hosting your DBMS.
DB.PORT The port number of the computer hosting your DBMS.
DB.SID The name of the database the tutorial creates and uses.
DB.URL.NEWDATABASE The connection URL used to connect to your DBMS when creating a new database. You do not need to change this value.
DB.URL The connection URL used to connect to your DBMS. You do not need to change this value.
DB.USER The name of the user that has access to create databases in the DBMS.
DB.PASSWORD The password of the user specified in DB.USER.
DB.DELIMITER The character used to separate SQL statements. Do not change this value. It should be the semicolon character (;).

Modify the tutorial properties file

The tutorial samples use the values in either the properties/javadb-sample-properties.xml file or properties/mysql-sample-properties.xml file (depending on your DBMS) to connect to the DBMS and initialize databases and tables, as described in the following table:

Property Description
dbms A value of either derby or mysql depending on whether you are using Java DB or MySQL, respectively. The tutorial uses this value to construct the URL required to connect to the DBMS and identify DBMS-specific code and SQL statements.
jar_file The full path name of the JAR file that contains all the class files of this tutorial.
driver The fully qualified class name of the JDBC driver. For Java DB, this is org.apache.derby.jdbc.EmbeddedDriver. For MySQL, this is com.mysql.jdbc.Driver.
database_name The name of the database the tutorial creates and uses.
user_name The name of the user that has access to create databases in the DBMS.
password The password of the user specified in user_name.
server_name The host name of the computer hosting your DBMS.
port_number The port number of the computer hosting your DBMS.

Note: For simplicity in demonstrating the JDBC API, the JDBC tutorial sample code does not perform the password management techniques that a deployed system normally uses. In a production environment, you can follow the Oracle Database password management guidelines and disable any sample accounts. See the section Securing Passwords in Application Design in Managing Security for Application Developers in Oracle Database Security Guide for password management guidelines and other security recommendations.

Compile and package the samples

At a command prompt, change the current directory to <JDBC tutorial directory>. From this directory, run the following command to compile the samples and package them in a jar file:

ant jar

Create databases, tables, and populate tables

If you are using MySQL, then run the following command to create a database:

ant create-mysql-database

Note: No corresponding Ant target exists in the build.xml file that creates a database for Java DB. The database URL for Java DB, which is used to establish a database connection, includes the option to create the database (if it does not already exist). See Establishing a Connection for more information.

If you are using either Java DB or MySQL, then from the same directory, run the following command to delete existing sample database tables, recreate the tables, and populate them. For Java DB, this command also creates the database if it does not already exist:

ant setup

Note: You should run the command ant setup every time before you run one of the Java classes in the sample. Many of these samples expect specific data in the contents of the sample's database tables.

Run the samples

Each target in the build.xml file corresponds to a Java class or SQL script in the JDBC samples. The following table lists the targets in the build.xml file, which class or script each target executes, and other classes or files each target requires:

Ant Target Class or SQL Script Other Required Classes or Files
javadb-create-procedure javadb/create-procedures.sql; see the build.xml file to view other SQL statements that are run No other required files
mysql-create-procedure mysql/create-procedures.sql. No other required files
run JDBCTutorialUtilities No other required classes
runct CoffeesTable JDBCTutorialUtilities
runst SuppliersTable JDBCTutorialUtilities
runjrs JdbcRowSetSample JDBCTutorialUtilities
runcrs CachedRowSetSample, ExampleRowSetListener JDBCTutorialUtilities
runjoin JoinSample JDBCTutorialUtilities
runfrs FilteredRowSetSample JDBCTutorialUtilities, CityFilter, StateFilter
runwrs WebRowSetSample JDBCTutorialUtilities
runclob ClobSample JDBCTutorialUtilities, txt/colombian-description.txt
runrss RSSFeedsTable JDBCTutorialUtilities, the XML files contained in the xml directory
rundl DatalinkSample JDBCTutorialUtilities
runspjavadb StoredProcedureJavaDBSample JDBCTutorialUtilities, SuppliersTable, CoffeesTable
runspmysql StoredProcedureMySQLSample JDBCTutorialUtilities, SuppliersTable, CoffeesTable
runframe CoffeesFrame JDBCTutorialUtilities, CoffeesTableModel

For example, to run the class CoffeesTable, change the current directory to <JDBC tutorial directory>, and from this directory, run the following command:

ant runct

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