Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.2 Upgrade and Migration Guide

Migrating JDBC Code

With the JDBC API, there are two methods of database access:

Note –

Application Server8.2 does not support the Native Type 2 JDBC drivers bundled with Application Server 6.x. Code that uses the Type 2 drivers to access third party JDBC drivers, must be manually migrated.

Establishing Connections Through the DriverManager Interface

Although this database access method is not recommended, as it is obsolete and is not very effective, there could be some applications that still use this approach.

In this case, the access code is similar to the following:

public static final String driver = "oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver";
public static final String url = 
Properties props = new Properties();
props.setProperty("user", "tmb_user");
props.setProperty("password", "tmb_user");
Connection conn = DriverManager.getConnection(url, props);

This code can be fully ported from Application Server 6.x to Application Server8.2, as long as the Application Server8.2 is able to locate the classes needed to load the right JDBC driver. In order to make the required classes accessible to the application deployed in the Application Server, place the archive (JAR or ZIP) for the driver implementation in the /lib directory of the Application Server installation directory.

Modify the CLASSPATH by setting the path for the driver through the Admin Console GUI.

Using JDBC 2.0 Data Sources

Using JDBC 2.0 data sources to access a database provides performance advantages, such as transparent connection pooling, enhanced productivity by simplifying code and implementation, and code portability.

If there is a datasource by the name ”xyz” on Application Server 6.x application and you do not want any impact on your JNDI lookup code, make sure that the datasource you create for Application Server8.2 is prefixed with jdbc. For example: jdbc/xyz.

For information on configuring JDBC Datasources, see Chapter 3, JDBC Resources, in Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.2 Administration GuideChapter 3, JDBC Resources, in Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.2 Administration Guide.

Looking Up the Data Source Using JNDI To Obtain a Connection

To obtain a connection from a data source, do the following:

ProcedureTo Connect to a Data Source

  1. Obtain the initial JNDI context.

    To guarantee portability between different environments, the code used to retrieve an InitialContext object (in a servlet, in a JSP page, or an EJB) is as follows:

    InitialContext ctx = new InitialContext();

  2. Use a JNDI lookup to obtain a data source reference.

    To obtain a reference to a data source bound to the JNDI context, look up the data source’s JNDI name from the initial context object. The object retrieved in this way is cast as a DataSource type object:

    ds = (DataSource)ctx.lookup(JndiDataSourceName);

  3. Use the data source reference to obtain the connection.

    This operation requires the following line of code:

    conn = ds.getConnection();

    Application Server 6.x and Application Server both follow these technique to obtain a connection from the data source.