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JDBCTM-ODBC Bridge Enhancements

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The JDBC-ODBC Bridge allows applications written in the JavaTM programming language to use the JDBCTM API with many existing ODBC drivers. The Bridge is itself a driver based on JDBC technology ("JDBC driver") that is defined in the class sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver. The Bridge defines the JDBC sub protocol odbc.

Status of the JDBC-ODBC Bridge

The JDBC-ODBC Bridge should be considered a transitional solution. Sun Microsystems and DataDirect Technologies are working to make the Bridge more reliable and robust, but they do not consider it a supported product. With the development of pure Java JDBC drivers, the JDBC-ODBC Bridge should become unnecessary.

Why not just use ODBC?

The JDBC-ODBC Bridge offers several advantages over "naked" ODBC.

Why use ODBC at all?

The ideal is "Pure Java": no native code, no platform dependent features. But you may need to begin your development effort right away, without waiting for your DBMS to offer a Java only JDBC driver. Partly native drivers, such as the JDBC-ODBC Bridge, let you create programs that easily adapt to Pure Java drivers as they become available.

What's New with the JDBC-ODBC Bridge?

New DataSource Implementations in the JDBC-ODBC Bridge

Implementations of javax.sql.DataSource and javax.sql.ConnectionPoolDataSource are now available. Both are in the package. The following code fragment illustrates how to set DataSource properties. The last two lines use JNDI API to bind the DataSource object ds to "jdbc/OdbcDB1". Assume that the DataSource object is targeting an ODBC DSN "dsn1" connecting to an Oracle Database.
            // Establish the DataSource object instance
   ds = new;
            // Provide user credentials and database name
            ds.setCharSet("..."); // optional property
            ds.setLoginTimeout(100); // optional property
            // Establish initial context and bind to the datasource target
            InitialContext ic = new InitialContext();
In the preceding code, note that some properties are optional while some are required. Properties such as port number and role name are not implemented in the JDBC-ODBC bridge DataSource implementations as these properties are not applicable to ODBC paradigm.

Continuing the previous example, the following code fragment demonstrates retrieving the DataSource object by looking up the JNDI name "jdbc/OdbcDB1". With the DataSource object that is obtained, the code then activates tracing and creates two connections.

            // Get the initial context of JNDI and lookup the datasource.
            InitialContext ic = new InitialContext();
            javax.sql.DataSource ds1 = (javax.sql.DataSource) ic.lookup("jdbc/OdbcDB1");
            // Set the optional printwriter where the trace log is to be directed.
            ds1.setLogWriter(new PrintWriter(new FileOutputStream("/tmp/datasource.log")));
            Connection con1 = ds1.getConnection();
            Connection con2 = ds1.getConnection("system","manager");
The implementation of javax.sql.ConnectionPoolDataSource uses an underlying pool of JDBC-ODBC connections. A ConnectionPoolDataSource object is used to create PooledConnection objects, which are in turn used to get Connection objects. From the user's viewpoint, the Connection object is just like any other connection.

The following code fragment creates the ConnectionPoolDataSource object cpds and sets its properties. The final two lines use JNDI API to bind cpds to "jdbc/OdbcPool", which can later be supplied to the method InitialContext.lookup to retrieve cpds.

            // Establish ConnectionPoolDataSource instance
   cpds =
            // Provide user credentials and database name
            cpds.setCharSet("...") // optional property
            cpds.setLoginTimeout(100); // optional property
            // Maintenance interval of the pool. A maintenance thread will remove
            // unwanted connections and cleanup the pool at the interval specified.
            // This cannot be zero.
            InitialContext ic = new InitialContext();
In all cases in order get the ConnectionPoolDataSource to function as a pooled datasource, it is the responsibility of the application to configure the pool as described in the code example above. The default behavior of pooled datasource uses a zero minimum, initial and maximum pool sizes. Note that the JDBC-ODBC bridge implementation of ConnectionPoolDataSource does not yet include the pooling of Statement objects or the property propertyCycle.

The following code fragment shows how to use a ConnectionPoolDataSource object as simply a DataSource object. This is done by doing a JNDI lookup of "jdbc/OdbcPool" and casting it to a DataSource object instead of to a ConnectionPoolDataSource object.

            InitialContext ic = new InitialContext();
            javax.sql.DataSource ds1 = (javax.sql.DataSource) ic.lookup("jdbc/OdbcPool");
            // First getConnection will initializes the pool.
            Connection con1 = ds1.getConnection();
            Connection con2 = ds1.getConnection("system","manager");
            // An application need to close the connection explicitly. This will allow the pool to recycle the connection.
Using the implementation as a ConnectionPoolDataSource object is shown in the following line of code. Note that closing a PooledConnection object closes the actual physical connection, whereas closing a connection that was created from a PooledConnection object just returns it to the pool of connections.
            InitialContext ic = new InitialContext();
            javax.sql.ConnectionPoolDataSource cpds =
                (javax.sql.ConnectionPoolDataSource) ic.lookup("jdbc/OdbcPool");
            PooledConnection pc1 = cpds.getPooledConnection();
            Connection con1 = pc1.getConnection();
            PooledConnection pc2 = cpds.getPooledConnection("system","manager");
            Connection con2 = pc2.getConnection();
            // An application needs to close the connection explicitly. This will allow the pool to recycle the connection.
            Connection con3 = pc1.getConnection();
            Connection con4 = pc2.getConnection();
            // This will close the physical connection!
A pool of connections can be shut down in two ways. If the method shutDown is given the argument false, only those connections that are not being used will be closed. If the argument true is supplied, all connections will be closed immediately, regardless of whether they are being used or not.
            // Hot shutdown
            (( cpds).shutDown(true);
            // Cold shutdown
            (( cpds).shutDown(false);

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