A database is an organized collection of data. There are many different strategies for organizing data to facilitate easy access and manipulation. A database management system (DBMS) provides mechanisms for storing, organizing, retrieving and modifying data for many users. Database management systems allow for the access and storage of data without concern for the internal representation of data.

Today's most popular database systems are relational databases. A language called SQLpronounced "sequel," or as its individual lettersis the international standard language used almost universally with relational databases to perform queries (i.e., to request information that satisfies given criteria) and to manipulate data. [Note: As you learn about SQL, you will see some authors writing "a SQL statement" (which assumes the pronunciation "sequel") and others writing "an SQL statement" (which assumes that the individual letters are pronounced). In this book we pronounce SQL as "sequel." Thus the article preceding SQL is "a," as in "a SQL statement."]

Some popular relational database management systems (RDBMSs) are Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, IBM DB2, Informix, PostgreSQL and MySQL. In this chapter, we present examples using MySQL, which is located on the CD that accompanies this book and can also be downloaded from MySQL is open source and is available for both Windows and Linux. [Note: We discuss basic MySQL features required to execute the examples in this chapter. Please refer to the detailed MySQL documentation for complete information on using MySQL.]

Java programs communicate with databases and manipulate their data using the JDBC™API. A JDBC driver enables Java applications to connect to a database in a particular DBMS and allows programmers to manipulate that database using the JDBC API. JDBC is almost always used with a relational database. However, it can be used with any table-based data source.

Software Engineering Observation 25.1

The separation of the JDBC API from particular database drivers enables developers to change the underlying database without modifying the Java code that accesses the database.

Most popular database management systems now provide JDBC drivers. There are also many third-party JDBC drivers available. In this chapter, we introduce JDBC and use it to manipulate a MySQL database. The techniques demonstrated here can also be used to manipulate other databases that have JDBC drivers. Check your system's documentation to determine whether your DBMS comes with a JDBC driver. If not, many third-party vendors provide JDBC drivers for a wide variety of databases.

For more information on JDBC, visit

This site contains information concerning JDBC, including the JDBC specification, JDBC FAQs, a learning resource center and software downloads. For a list of available JDBC drivers, visit

This site provides a search engine to help you locate drivers appropriate to your DBMS.

Introduction to Computers, the Internet and the World Wide Web

Introduction to Java Applications

Introduction to Classes and Objects

Control Statements: Part I

Control Statements: Part 2

Methods: A Deeper Look


Classes and Objects: A Deeper Look

Object-Oriented Programming: Inheritance

Object-Oriented Programming: Polymorphism

GUI Components: Part 1

Graphics and Java 2D™

Exception Handling

Files and Streams


Searching and Sorting

Data Structures



Introduction to Java Applets

Multimedia: Applets and Applications

GUI Components: Part 2



Accessing Databases with JDBC


JavaServer Pages (JSP)

Formatted Output

Strings, Characters and Regular Expressions

Appendix A. Operator Precedence Chart

Appendix B. ASCII Character Set

Appendix C. Keywords and Reserved Words

Appendix D. Primitive Types

Appendix E. (On CD) Number Systems

Appendix F. (On CD) Unicode®

Appendix G. Using the Java API Documentation

Appendix H. (On CD) Creating Documentation with javadoc

Appendix I. (On CD) Bit Manipulation

Appendix J. (On CD) ATM Case Study Code

Appendix K. (On CD) Labeled break and continue Statements

Appendix L. (On CD) UML 2: Additional Diagram Types

Appendix M. (On CD) Design Patterns

Appendix N. Using the Debugger

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Java(c) How to Program
Java How to Program (6th Edition) (How to Program (Deitel))
ISBN: 0131483986
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 615

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