Question – What is the JDBC?

Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) is a standard Java API to interact with relational databases form Java. JDBC has set of classes and interfaces which can use from Java application and talk to database without learning RDBMS details and using Database Specific JDBC Drivers.

Question – What are the new features added to JDBC 4.0?

The major features added in JDBC 4.0 include :

  • Auto-loading of JDBC driver class
  • Connection management enhancements
  • Support for RowId SQL type
  • DataSet implementation of SQL using Annotations
  • SQL exception handling enhancements
  • SQL XML support

Question – Explain Basic Steps in writing a Java program using JDBC?

JDBC makes the interaction with RDBMS simple and intuitive. When a Java application needs to access database :

  • Load the RDBMS specific JDBC driver because this driver actually communicates with the database (Incase of JDBC 4.0 this is automatically loaded).
  • Open the connection to database which is then used to send SQL statements and get results back.
  • Create JDBC Statement object. This object contains SQL query.
  • Execute statement which returns resultset(s). ResultSet contains the tuples of database table as a result of SQL query.
  • Process the result set.
  • Close the connection.

Question – Exaplain the JDBC Architecture.?

The JDBC Architecture consists of two layers:

  • The JDBC API, which provides the application-to-JDBC Manager connection.
  • The JDBC Driver API, which supports the JDBC Manager-to-Driver Connection.

The JDBC API uses a driver manager and database-specific drivers to provide transparent connectivity to heterogeneous databases. The JDBC driver manager ensures that the correct driver is used to access each data source. The driver manager is capable of supporting multiple concurrent drivers connected to multiple heterogeneous databases. The location of the driver manager with respect to the JDBC drivers and the Java application is shown in Figure 1.

Question – What are the main components of JDBC ?

The life cycle of a servlet consists of the following phases:

  • DriverManager: Manages a list of database drivers. Matches connection requests from the java application with the proper database driver using communication subprotocol. The first driver that recognizes a certain subprotocol under JDBC will be used to establish a database Connection.
  • Driver: The database communications link, handling all communication with the database. Normally, once the driver is loaded, the developer need not call it explicitly.
  • Connection : Interface with all methods for contacting a database.The connection object represents communication context, i.e., all communication with database is through connection object only.
  • Statement : Encapsulates an SQL statement which is passed to the database to be parsed, compiled, planned and executed.
  • ResultSet: The ResultSet represents set of rows retrieved due to query execution.

Question – How the JDBC application works?

A JDBC application can be logically divided into two layers:
1. Driver layer
2. Application layer

  • Driver layer consists of DriverManager class and the available JDBC drivers.
  • The application begins with requesting the DriverManager for the connection.
  • An appropriate driver is choosen and is used for establishing the connection. This connection is given to the application which falls under the application layer.
  • The application uses this connection to create Statement kind of objects, through which SQL commands are sent to backend and obtain the results.

Question – How do I load a database driver with JDBC 4.0 / Java 6?

Provided the JAR file containing the driver is properly configured, just place the JAR file in the classpath. Java developers NO longer need to explicitly load JDBC drivers using code like Class.forName() to register a JDBC driver.The DriverManager class takes care of this by automatically locating a suitable driver when the DriverManager.getConnection() method is called. This feature is backward-compatible, so no changes are needed to the existing JDBC code.

Question – What is JDBC Driver interface?

The JDBC Driver interface provides vendor-specific implementations of the abstract classes provided by the JDBC API. Each vendor driver must provide implementations of the java.sql.Connection,Statement,PreparedStatement, CallableStatement, ResultSet and Driver.

Question – What does the connection object represents?

The connection object represents communication context, i.e., all communication with database is through connection object only.

Question – What is Statement?

Statement acts like a vehicle through which SQL commands can be sent. Through the connection object we create statement kind of objects.
Through the connection object we create statement kind of objects.

Statement stmt = conn.createStatement();

This method returns object which implements statement interface.

Question – What is PreparedStatement?

A prepared statement is an SQL statement that is precompiled by the database. Through precompilation, prepared statements improve the performance of SQL commands that are executed multiple times (given that the database supports prepared statements). Once compiled, prepared statements can be customized prior to each execution by altering predefined SQL parameters.

PreparedStatement pstmt = conn.prepareStatement(“UPDATE EMPLOYEES SET SALARY = ? WHERE ID = ?”);

pstmt.setBigDecimal(1, 153833.00);

pstmt.setInt(2, 110592);

Question – What are callable statements ?

Callable statements are used from JDBC application to invoke stored procedures and functions.

Question – How to call a stored procedure from JDBC ?

PL/SQL stored procedures are called from within JDBC programs by means of the prepareCall() method of the Connection object created. A call to this method takes variable bind parameters as input parameters as well as output variables and creates an object instance of the CallableStatement class.
The following line of code illustrates this:

CallableStatement stproc_stmt = conn.prepareCall(“{call procname(?,?,?)}”);

Question – What are types of JDBC drivers?

There are four types of drivers defined by JDBC as follows:

  • Type 1: JDBC/ODBCThese require an ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) driver for the database to be installed. This type of driver works by translating the submitted queries into equivalent ODBC queries and forwards them via native API calls directly to the ODBC driver. It provides no host redirection capability.
  • Type2: Native API (partly-Java driver)This type of driver uses a vendor-specific driver or database API to interact with the database. An example of such an API is Oracle OCI (Oracle Call Interface). It also provides no host redirection.
  • Type 3: Open Protocol-NetThis is not vendor specific and works by forwarding database requests to a remote database source using a net server component. How the net server component accesses the database is transparent to the client. The client driver communicates with the net server using a database-independent protocol and the net server translates this protocol into database calls. This type of driver can access any database.
  • Type 4: Proprietary Protocol-Net(pure Java driver)This has a same configuration as a type 3 driver but uses a wire protocol specific to a particular vendor and hence can access only that vendor’s database. Again this is all transparent to the client.

Note: Type 4 JDBC driver is most preferred kind of approach in JDBC.

Question – Which type of JDBC driver is the fastest one?

JDBC Net pure Java driver(Type IV) is the fastest driver because it converts the JDBC calls into vendor specific protocol calls and it directly interacts with the database.

Question – Does the JDBC-ODBC Bridge support multiple concurrent open statements per connection?

No. You can open only one Statement object per connection when you are using the JDBC-ODBC Bridge

Question – Which is the right type of driver to use and when?

  • Type I driver is handy for prototyping
  • Type III driver adds security, caching, and connection control
  • Type III and Type IV drivers need no pre-installation

Question – What are the standard isolation levels defined by JDBC?

The values are defined in the class java.sql.Connection and are:


Any given database may not support all of these levels.

Question – What is resultset ?

The ResultSet represents set of rows retrieved due to query execution

ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery(sqlQuery);

Question – What are the types of resultsets?

The values are defined in the class java.sql.Connection and are:

  • TYPE_FORWARD_ONLY specifies that a resultset is not scrollable, that is, rows within it can be advanced only in the forward direction.
  • TYPE_SCROLL_INSENSITIVE specifies that a resultset is scrollable in either direction but is insensitive to changes committed by other transactions or other statements in the same transaction.
  • TYPE_SCROLL_SENSITIVE specifies that a resultset is scrollable in either direction and is affected by changes committed by other transactions or statements within the same transaction.

Note: A TYPE_FORWARD_ONLY resultset is always insensitive.

Question – What is rowset?

A RowSet is an object that encapsulates a set of rows from either Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) result sets or tabular data sources like a file or spreadsheet. RowSets support component-based development models like JavaBeans, with a standard set of properties and an event notification mechanism.

Question – What are the different types of RowSet ?

There are two types of RowSet are there. They are:

  • Connected – A connected RowSet object connects to the database once and remains connected until the application terminates.
  • Disconnected – A disconnected RowSet object connects to the database, executes a query to retrieve the data from the database and then closes the connection. A program may change the data in a disconnected RowSet while it is disconnected. Modified data can be updated in the database after a disconnected RowSet reestablishes the connection with the database.

Question – What is the need of BatchUpdates?

The BatchUpdates feature allows us to group SQL statements together and send to database server in one single trip

Question – What is a DataSource?

A DataSource object is the representation of a data source in the Java programming language. In basic terms,

  • A DataSource is a facility for storing data.
  • DataSource can be referenced by JNDI.
  • Data Source may point to RDBMS, file System , any DBMS etc..

Question – What are the advantages of DataSource?

The few advantages of data source are :

  • An application does not need to hardcode driver information, as it does with the DriverManager.
  • The DataSource implementations can easily change the properties of data sources. For example: There is no need to modify the application code when making changes to the database details.
  • The DataSource facility allows developers to implement a DataSource class to take advantage of features like connection pooling and distributed transactions

Question – What is connection pooling? what is the main advantage of using connection pooling?

A connection pool is a mechanism to reuse connections created. Connection pooling can increase performance dramatically by reusing connections rather than creating a new physical connection each time a connection is requested..

Question – What’s the JDBC 3.0 API?

The JDBC 3.0 API is the latest update of the JDBC API. It contains many features, including scrollable result sets and the SQL:1999 data types.
JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) is the standard for communication between a Java application and a relational database. The JDBC API is released in two versions; JDBC version 1.22 (released with JDK 1.1.X in package java.sql) and version 2.0 (released with Java platform 2 in packages java.sql and javax.sql). It is a simple and powerful largely database-independent way of extracting and inserting data to or from any database.

Question – Does the JDBC-ODBC Bridge support the new features in the JDBC 3.0 API?

The JDBC-ODBC Bridge provides a limited subset of the JDBC 3.0 API.

Question – What is new in JDBC 2.0?

With the JDBC 2.0 API, you will be able to do the following:

Scroll forward and backward in a result set or move to a specific row (TYPE_SCROLL_SENSITIVE,previous(), last(), absolute(), relative(), etc.)
Make updates to database tables using methods in the Java programming language instead of using SQL commands.(updateRow(), insertRow(), deleteRow(), etc.)
Send multiple SQL statements to the database as a unit, or batch (addBatch(), executeBatch())
Use the new SQL3 datatypes as column values like Blob, Clob, Array, Struct, Ref.

Question – How to move the cursor in scrollable resultsets?(new feature in JDBC 2.0) ?

a. create a scrollable ResultSet object.

Statement stmt = con.createStatement
ResultSet srs = stmt.executeQuery(“SELECT COLUMN_1,

b. use a built in methods like afterLast(), previous(), beforeFirst(), etc. to scroll the resultset.

while (srs.previous()) {
String name = srs.getString(“COLUMN_1″);
float salary = srs.getFloat(“COLUMN_2″);

c. to find a specific row, use absolute(), relative() methods.

srs.absolute(4); // cursor is on the fourth row
int rowNum = srs.getRow(); // rowNum should be 4
int rowNum = srs.getRow(); // rowNum should be 1
int rowNum = srs.getRow(); // rowNum should be 3

d. use isFirst(), isLast(), isBeforeFirst(), isAfterLast() methods to check boundary status.

Question – How to insert and delete a row programmatically? (new feature in JDBC 2.0)?

Make sure the resultset is updatable.

1. move the cursor to the specific position.


2. set value for each column.

uprs.moveToInsertRow();//to set up for insert
uprs.updateString(“col1″ “strvalue”);
uprs.updateInt(“col2″, 5);

3. call inserRow() method to finish
the row insert process.


To delete a row: move to the specific
position and call deleteRow() method:

uprs.deleteRow();//delete row 5

To see the changes call refreshRow();


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