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Using JdbcRowSet Objects
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Using JdbcRowSet Objects

A JdbcRowSet object is an enhanced ResultSet object. It maintains a connection to its data source, just as a ResultSet object does. The big difference is that it has a set of properties and a listener notification mechanism that make it a JavaBeans component.

One of the main uses of a JdbcRowSet object is to make a ResultSet object scrollable and updatable when it does not otherwise have those capabilities.

This section covers the following topics:

Creating JdbcRowSet Objects

Create a JdbcRowSet object by using an instance of RowSetFactory, which is created from the class RowSetProvider. The following example is from

    RowSetFactory factory = RowSetProvider.newFactory();

    try (JdbcRowSet jdbcRs = factory.createJdbcRowSet()) {
      jdbcRs.setCommand("select * from COFFEES");
      // ...

The RowSetFactory interface contains methods to create the different types of RowSet implementations:

Default JdbcRowSet Objects

When you create a JdbcRowSet object with an instance of RowSetFactory, the new JdbcRowSet object will have the following properties:

The main thing you must remember from this list is that a JdbcRowSet and all other RowSet objects are scrollable and updatable unless you set different values for those properties.

Setting Properties

The section Default JdbcRowSet Objects lists the properties that are set by default when a new JdbcRowSet object is created. If you use the default constructor, you must set some additional properties before you can populate your new JdbcRowSet object with data.

In order to get its data, a JdbcRowSet object first needs to connect to a database. The following four properties hold information used in obtaining a connection to a database.

Which of these properties you set depends on how you are going to make a connection. The preferred way is to use a DataSource object, but it may not be practical for you to register a DataSource object with a JNDI naming service, which is generally done by a system administrator. Therefore, the code examples all use the DriverManager mechanism to obtain a connection, for which you use the url property and not the datasourceName property.

Another property that you must set is the command property. This property is the query that determines what data the JdbcRowSet object will hold. For example, the following line of code sets the command property with a query that produces a ResultSet object containing all the data in the table COFFEES:

jdbcRs.setCommand("select * from COFFEES");

After you have set the command property and the properties necessary for making a connection, you are ready to populate the jdbcRs object with data by calling the execute method.


The execute method does many things for you in the background:

Using JdbcRowSet Objects

You update, insert, and delete a row in a JdbcRowSet object the same way you update, insert, and delete a row in an updatable ResultSet object. Similarly, you navigate a JdbcRowSet object the same way you navigate a scrollable ResultSet object.

The Coffee Break chain of coffee houses acquired another chain of coffee houses and now has a legacy database that does not support scrolling or updating of a result set. In other words, any ResultSet object produced by this legacy database does not have a scrollable cursor, and the data in it cannot be modified. However, by creating a JdbcRowSet object populated with the data from a ResultSet object, you can, in effect, make the ResultSet object scrollable and updatable.

As mentioned previously, a JdbcRowSet object is by default scrollable and updatable. Because its contents are identical to those in a ResultSet object, operating on the JdbcRowSet object is equivalent to operating on the ResultSet object itself. And because a JdbcRowSet object has an ongoing connection to the database, changes it makes to its own data are also made to the data in the database.

This section covers the following topics:

Navigating JdbcRowSet Objects

A ResultSet object that is not scrollable can use only the next method to move its cursor forward, and it can move the cursor only forward from the first row to the last row. A default JdbcRowSet object, however, can use all of the cursor movement methods defined in the ResultSet interface.

A JdbcRowSet object can call the method next, and it can also call any of the other ResultSet cursor movement methods. For example, the following lines of code move the cursor to the fourth row in the jdbcRs object and then back to the third row:


The method previous is analogous to the method next in that it can be used in a while loop to traverse all of the rows in order. The difference is that you must move the cursor to a position after the last row, and previous moves the cursor toward the beginning.

Updating Column Values

You update data in a JdbcRowSet object the same way you update data in a ResultSet object.

Assume that the Coffee Break owner wants to raise the price for a pound of Espresso coffee. If the owner knows that Espresso is in the third row of the jdbcRs object, the code for doing this might look like the following:

jdbcRs.updateFloat("PRICE", 10.99f);

The code moves the cursor to the third row and changes the value for the column PRICE to 10.99, and then updates the database with the new price.

Calling the method updateRow updates the database because jdbcRs has maintained its connection to the database. For disconnected RowSet objects, the situation is different.

Inserting Rows

If the owner of the Coffee Break chain wants to add one or more coffees to what he offers, the owner will need to add one row to the COFFEES table for each new coffee, as is done in the following code fragment from Notice that because the jdbcRs object is always connected to the database, inserting a row into a JdbcRowSet object is the same as inserting a row into a ResultSet object: You move to the cursor to the insert row, use the appropriate updater method to set a value for each column, and call the method insertRow:

jdbcRs.updateString("COF_NAME", "HouseBlend");
jdbcRs.updateInt("SUP_ID", 49);
jdbcRs.updateFloat("PRICE", 7.99f);
jdbcRs.updateInt("SALES", 0);
jdbcRs.updateInt("TOTAL", 0);

jdbcRs.updateString("COF_NAME", "HouseDecaf");
jdbcRs.updateInt("SUP_ID", 49);
jdbcRs.updateFloat("PRICE", 8.99f);
jdbcRs.updateInt("SALES", 0);
jdbcRs.updateInt("TOTAL", 0);

When you call the method insertRow, the new row is inserted into the jdbcRs object and is also inserted into the database. The preceding code fragment goes through this process twice, so two new rows are inserted into the jdbcRs object and the database.

Deleting Rows

As is true with updating data and inserting a new row, deleting a row is just the same for a JdbcRowSet object as for a ResultSet object. The owner wants to discontinue selling French Roast decaffeinated coffee, which is the last row in the jdbcRs object. In the following lines of code, the first line moves the cursor to the last row, and the second line deletes the last row from the jdbcRs object and from the database:


Code Sample

The sample does the following:

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