The Java Database Connectivity classes (JDBC) sensibly provide an interface between a platform-independent programming language (Java) and a standardized database language (Structured Query Language, or SQL). Pretty much every Java program that's involved in transactions or other business operations connects to a database through JDBC; so, familiarity with the JDBC classes can magnify your other Java skills. Database Programming with JDBC and Java
explains how JDBC fits into unitized software applications in which various functional parts communicate over a network. Author George Reese also shows how to write programs that take advantage of the JDBC classes, emphasizing the most commonly used ones (such as those that perform INSERT and SELECT operations), but giving also the more obscure classes their due.
This book is essentially an ongoing lecture of increasing complexity. To cite one thread, it begins with clear but academic examples that involve discrete transactions (opening a connection, performing a query, and closing the connection). It then moves on to connection pooling and other JDBC-supported optimizations for the real world. A menagerie of specialized sections on such topics as security and persistence rely heavily on long code examples. A section on Swing programming seems kind of out of place, but it's short. In sum, this slim volume is a great introduction to JDBC for those who are looking to approach Java distributed applications by way of database work.
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Topics covered: The Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) classes, with emphasis on how JDBC code fits into distributed applications (so-called enterprise applications) that use Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs) and Remote Method Invocation (RMI). Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI), serialization, persistence, security, and (especially) application design receive plenty of attention. Fully a quarter of this book is a reference (including statements of syntax and brief descriptions) to the JDBC Core API and the JDBC Optional Package classes.
From Library Journal
O'Reilly books are rarely for neophytes, but advanced users swear by them, and these will be no exception. Englander covers a hot Java subtopic for students, programmers, and professionals already familar with Java and object-oriented programming. He discusses events, event adapters, properties, persistence, java archive files, the BeanBox tool, property editors, ActiveX, and the java.beans Package. Flanagan's work is the book Java programmers want nearby when they are at the keyboard. A complete ready-reference work, this belongs in all collections supporting programmers. Java is a constantly changing language so Nutshell will be coming out often with new editions; always have the newest one on hand. Reese goes beyond simple applet design to relational databases, SQL, object-oriented database applications, application servers, and remote object manipulation. The examples used throughout the book are based on a banking application designed in Java.
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