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Store and Retrieve values from database using JAVA

Posted on 2017-12-25 05:32:09 by mkshine65

What is JDBC?

JDBC is an acronym for Java Database Connectivity. It’s an advancement for ODBC ( Open Database Connectivity ). JDBC is an standard API specification developed in order to move data from frontend to backend. This API consists of classes and interfaces written in Java. It basically acts as an interface (not the one we use in Java) or channel between your Java program and databases i.e it establishes a link between the two so that a programmer could send data from Java code and store it in the database for future use.

Why JDBC came into existence ?
As previously told JDBC is an advancement for ODBC, ODBC being platform dependent had a lot of drawbacks. ODBC API was written in C,C++, Python, Core Java and as we know above languages (except Java and some part of Python )are platform dependent . Therefore to remove dependence, JDBC was developed by database vendor which consisted of classes and interfaces written in Java.

For connecting java application with the mysql database, you need to follow 5 steps to perform database connectivity.

In this example we are using MySql as the database. So we need to know following informations for the mysql database:

  1. Driver class: The driver class for the mysql database is com.mysql.jdbc.Driver.
  2. Connection URL: The connection URL for the mysql database is jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/demo where jdbc is the API, mysql is the database, localhost is the server name on which mysql is running, we may also use IP address, 3306 is the port number and demo is the database name. We may use any database, in such case, you need to replace the demo with your database name.
  3. Username: The default username for the mysql database is root.
  4. Password: Password is given by the user at the time of installing the mysql database. In this example, we are going to use root as the password.

Let's first create a table in mysql database.

For that we have to create a database using our MySQL Prompt. If already database is available skip this step.

create database demo;  // demo is the database name.

Then change to our working database. 

use demo; // Changing to database Demo.

Then Create table.

create table student(name varchar(50),email varchar(100)); // creating a stable.

Java code:

import java.sql.*;
public class JDBC {
public static void main(String[] args) throws SQLException {
   Connection myConn = null;
   Statement myStmt = null;
   ResultSet myRs = null;
		// 1. Get a connection to database.
                myConn = DriverManager.getConnection

// 2. Create a statement
		myStmt = myConn.createStatement();

// 3. Execute SQL query
                String sql = "INSERT INTO students VALUES 
                             ('xxx','[email protected]')";
		myRs = myStmt.executeQuery("select * from students");
                // 4. Process the result set
		while ( 
		    System.out.println(myRs.getString("name") + ", " 
                    + myRs.getString("email"));
	catch (Exception exc) 
if (myRs != null)
		if (myStmt != null) 
		if (myConn != null) 

Make ensure that you should add the mysql-connector jar file. Get the code here

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