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JDBC Interview Questions and Answers

Can ResultSets be passed between methods of a class? Are there any special usage
Yes. There is no reason that a ResultSet can't be used as a method parameter just like any other object reference. You must ensure that access to the ResultSet is synchronized. This should not be a problem is the ResultSet is a method variable passed as a method parameter - the ResultSet will have method scope and multi-thread access would not be an issue.

As an example, say you have several methods that obtain a ResultSet from the same table(s) and same columns, but use different queries. If you want these ResultSets to be processed the same way, you would have another method for that. This could look something like:

public List getStudentsByLastName(String lastName) {
ResultSet rs = ... (JDBC code to retrieve students by last name);
return processResultSet(rs);

public List getStudentsByFirstName(String firstName) {
ResultSet rs = ... (JDBC code to retrieve students by first name);
return processResultSet(rs);

private List processResultSet(ResultSet rs) {
List l = ... (code that iterates through ResultSet to build a List of Student objects);
return l;

Since the ResultSet always has method scope - sychronization is never an issue.

1. There is only one ResultSet. Dont assume that the ResultSet is at the start (or in any good state...) just because you received it as a parameter. Previous operations involving the ResultSet will have had the side-effect of changing its state.
2. You will need to be careful about the order in which you close the ResultSet and CallableStatement/PreparedStatement/etc

From my own experience using the Oracle JDBC drivers and CallableStatements the following statements are true:

* If you close the CallableStatement the ResultSet retrieved from that CallableStatement immediately goes out-of-scope.
* If you close the ResultSet without reading it fully, you must close the CallableStatement or risk leaking a cursor on the database server.
* If you close the CallableStatement without reading it's associated ResultSet fully, you risk leaking a cursor on the database server.

No doubt, these observations are valid only for Oracle drivers. Perhaps only for some versions of Oracle drivers.

The recommended sequence seems to be:
* Open the statement
* Retrieve the ResultSet from the statement
* Read what you need from the ResultSet
* Close the ResultSet
* Close the Statement

How can I convert a java array to a java.sql.Array?
A Java array is a first class object and all of the references basically use PreparedStatement.setObject() or ResultSet.updateObject() methods for putting the array to an ARRAY in the database. Here's a basic example:
String[] as = { "One", "Two", "Three" };
PreparedStatement ps = con.prepareStatement(
"UPDATE MYTABLE SET ArrayNums = ? WHERE MyKey = ?" );
ps.setObject( 1, as );

Could we get sample code for retrieving more than one parameter from a stored procedure?
Assume we have a stored procedure with this signature:
The code snippet to retrieve the OUT and INOUT parameters follows:
CallableStatement cs = connection.prepareCall( "(CALL MultiSP(?, ?, ?))" );
cs.setInt(1, 1); // set the IN parm I1 to 1
cs.setInt(3, 3); // set the INOUT parm IO1 to 3

cs.registerOutParameter(2, Types.INTEGER); // register the OUT parm O1
cs.registerOutParameter(3, Types.INTEGER); // register the INOUT parm IO1

int iParm2 = cs.getInt(2);
int iParm3 = cs.getInt(3);

The code really is just additive; be sure that for each IN parameter that setXXX() is called and that for each INOUT and OUT parameter that registerOutParameter() is called.

What is the difference between client and server database cursors?
What you see on the client side is the current row of the cursor which called a Result (ODBC) or ResultSet (JDBC). The cursor is a server-side entity only and remains on the server side.

How can I pool my database connections so I don't have to keep reconnecting to the database?
There are plenty of connection pool implementations described in books or availalble on the net. Most of them implement the same model. The process is always the same :

* you gets a reference to the pool
* you gets a free connection from the pool
* you performs your different tasks
* you frees the connection to the pool

Since your application retrieves a pooled connection, you don't consume your time to connect / disconnect from your data source. You can find some implementation of pooled connection over the net, for example:
* Db Connection Broker (, a package quite stable ( I used it in the past to pool an ORACLE database on VMS system)
You can look at the JDBC 2.0 standard extension API specification from SUN which defines a number of additional concepts.

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