JDBC Connection interface

Which type of Statement object to create?

  • With a java.sql.Connection object, you can create three alternate Statement objects. A Statement object is used for the further dialogue with the database.
    1. A Connection object has alternative methods to create a java.sql.Statement object, which can be used to perform a full written SQL statement to a database for a desired pre-selected action.
    2. A Connection object has also alternative methods to create a java.sql.PreparedStatement object, which can be used to perform a parameter based SQL statement to a database for a desired pre-selected action.
    3. A Connection object has also alternative methods to create a java.sql.CallableStatement object, which is mainly used to send a SQL statement to execute a Stored Procedure in a database.
  • A java.sql.Connection object has many methods to control transactions. How to handle the transaction will be explained later in this JDBC learning.
  • A java.sql.Connection object contains a method to retrieve metadata from the database:
    Method Description
    DatabaseMetaData getMetaData() Retrieves a DatabaseMetaData object that contains metadata about the database to which this Connection object represents a connection.

    The metadata includes information about the database's tables, its supported SQL grammar, its stored procedures, the capabilities of this connection, and so on.
    Example using the method getMetaData()
    import java.sql.Connection;
    import java.sql.DatabaseMetaData;
    import java.sql.DriverManager;
    import java.sql.ResultSet;
    import java.sql.SQLException;
    public class JDBClClient {
     public static void main(String[] args) {
      Connection conn = null;
      try {
       // Register a driver for the MySQL database
       // Create a url for accessing the MySQL
       // on local host, port 3306 and database CarDB
       String url = "jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/CarDB";
       // user and passord to access the database
       String username = "root";
       String password = "root";
       // User the DriverManager to get a Connection to the database
       conn = DriverManager.getConnection(url, username, password);
       DatabaseMetaData dbmd = conn.getMetaData();
       System.out.println("DB name is .....  " + dbmd.getDatabaseProductName());
       System.out.println("DB version is ..  " + dbmd.getDatabaseProductVersion());
       System.out.println("DB driver name    " + dbmd.getDriverName());
       System.out.println("DB driver version " + dbmd.getDriverVersion());
       System.out.println("URL is .........  " + dbmd.getURL());
       System.out.println("User name is ...  " + dbmd.getUserName());
       ResultSet rs = dbmd.getTables(null, null, "%", null);
        while (rs.next()) {
          System.out.println("DB Table name: "+rs.getString("TABLE_NAME"));
      } catch (ClassNotFoundException ex) {
      } catch (SQLException e) {
      } finally {
       try {
       } catch (Exception xe) {
    The result of executing this programm could be:
    DB name is .....  MySQL
    DB version is ..  5.1.68-community
    DB driver name    MySQL-AB JDBC Driver
    DB driver version mysql-connector-java-5.1.5 ( Revision: ${svn.Revision} )
    URL is .........  jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/CarDB
    User name is ...  root@localhost
    DB Table name: carpark
    DB Table name: carrental
    You can download this example here (needed tools can be found in the right menu on this page).
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