In this article, we will cover some of the interview questions with their justification on Java JDBC
These are most frequently asked interview question from Java JDBC
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JDBC Interview Questions
Q) What is JDBC?
- JDBC (Java DataBase Connectivity) is a standard set of API (Application Programming Interface) is used to interact with different varieties of databases from Java application
Q) What is JDBC driver? And its different types?
- JDBC Drivers are categorized mainly into 4 types. These are
|1||JDBC-ODBC bridge||JDBC calls into ODBC calls|
|2||Native API||JDBC calls into native database API calls|
|3||Network Protocol||Middleware translates JDBC calls into database specific calls|
|4||Thin (Network Driver)||JDBC calls directly into database calls|
Note: Out of 4 types of JDBC drivers, thin or network driver are most commonly used in today’s industries
Q) Which is the most commonly used Driver type in JDBC?
- It depends on the situation where we are going to use the database and also number database involved
- For single database like Oracle or Teradata, Type-4 driver is considered best
- In a multiple environment with more than 2 databases Type-3 driver is considered apt
Q) What is the fastest type of JDBC driver?
- Network driver or pure Java driver (Type-4) is the fastest driver among 4 categorized driver since these driver translates JDBC calls directly into database calls
Q) What are the steps to connect database in Java using JDBC?
- JDBC connection steps
Step 1: Loading or registering driver class
Step 2: Opening database connection
- Step 2.A: Creating and getting connection
- Step 2.B: Creating JDBC Statement (or PreparedStatement or CallableStatment)
- Step 2.C: Executing SQL and MySql queries
Step 3: Closing database connection
- For detail refer JDBC connection steps in detail
Q) What are the ways to load or register driver?
- There are 2 ways to load or register JDBC driver class
Q) What is JDBC DriverManager class?
- DriverManager is a mean through which Java application connects to the databases using the appropriate driver supplied
Q) What are the different types of statements available in JDBC?
–> There are 3 types statement available in JDBC,
- Statement –> to execute any SQL statement similar to database
- PreparedStatement –> to execute pre-compiled SQL statement
- CallableStatement –> to call stored procedure or stored function
Q) What is JDBC Statement?
- Statement interface is the one which is actually used to execute queries like inserting a new record or updating an existing record
- These statement are compiled for syntax checking before executing
Q) What is JDBC PreparedStatement?
- JDBC PreparedStatement improves performance as they are pre-compiled comparing with JDBC Statement
- Prepared statement are compiled and sent to database once and can be executed for different values (against ?) which are bounded with arguments
Q) Why PreparedStatement is used in JDBC?
- It improves performances as these are pre-compiled
Q) What is JDBC CallableStatement?
- Callable statement is used to execute stored procedure and stored function
Q) How to invoke database Stored Procedure or Stored Function using JDBC?
- To call/execute stored procedure and stored function, CallableStatement is used
Q) Difference between Statement and PreparedStatement interface?
- Performance-wise PreparedStatement is better than Statement interface, as prepared statement is pre-compiled whereas Statement is compiled every time
Q) Write a basic Java program to connect to database?
–> Refer connection steps for,
Q) Steps to connect MS Access using JDBC?
Q) Explain main components of JDBC?
–> JDBC Core components are,
- Refer JDBC Basic components for detail
Q) What is batch processing or batch update in JDBC?
- Instead of executing single SQL queries each time, we can group related SQL items together in a batch and then sent to database for execution
- Using batch processing, we can do insert and update operations
Q) Why batch processing or batch update is used in JDBC?
- Batch processing executes faster as related SQL items are sent to database in a batch resulting in high performance
- We can use either Statement or PreparedStatement interface for batch execution
- See example for Batch execution using Statement interface and prepared statement interface
Q) How do you handle transaction in JDBC? (Using Connection Interface)
- By default, auto-commit is turned ON which commits to database for every SQL statement sent/issued to database
- Turn off auto commit and commit to database at the end using commit(); method
connection.setAutoCommit(false); // perform database operations like insert, update, delete, etc. connection.commit();
- If any issue or error in between then rollback maintaining consistency and integrity of database
Q) What happens, by setting setAutoCommit(false) in JDBC ?
- Nothing will be committed to database automatically until and unless we invoke commit(); method of Connection interface
Q) Why do we need to set setAutoCommit(false) in JDBC ?
- This helps to handle JDBC transaction in our own way, instead committing data to database every single time
Q) Can we commit multiple records in single transaction?
- Yes, we can commit multiple records in single transaction
- For this, we need to turn off auto-commit mode and then start the transaction and finally commit to database
Q) What is JDBC Connection?
- Connection interface is the one through which we can interact with database
- To handle JDBC transaction, Connection interface has got number of useful methods like
setAutoCommit(boolean); commit() and rollback();
- All 3 types of statement can be invoked from connection object
Q) What is JDBC ResultSet?
- ResultSet holds data retrieved from the database when performing/executing queries
- You can traverse in ResultSet to read data one-by-one, but in forward direction only
- But by setting static variable “TYPE_SCROLL_INSENSITIVE” in createStatement(), we can make it scrollable in both directions
- Similarly, by setting static variable “CONCUR_UPDATABLE” in createStatement(), we can make the ResultSet updatable (as it is not updatable by default)
Q) What are the types of ResultSet?
–> There are 3 constants available in ResultSet interface
Q) What is JDBC ResultSetMetaData interface?
–> DatabaseMetaData interface is used to extract database information like
- driver name
- driver version
- product name
- product version
- number of tables
- number of views
–> For more details read, Metadata of database using DatabaseMetaData Interface
Q) What is JDBC DatabaseMetaData interface?
–> ResultSetMetaData interface is used to extract resultset information like
- total number of columns
- column names
- column types
–> For more details read, Metadata of ResultSet using ResultSetMetaData Interface
Q) What are CLOB and BLOB datatypes in JDBC and why it is used?
- CLOB and BLOB data types are used to handle/store large size data like movies, images, etc.
Q) Which datatype should we map to insert images into database?
- BLOB data type
Q) What are the things need to be changed for connecting different database like switching from MySQL to Oracle?
–> Below things needs to be changed while switching from one database to another
- Driver class
- JDBC URL consisting
- Server IP or address
- Server port
- Database name
–> Read JDBC Connection steps to understand
- JDBC Tutorial index
- Introduction to JDBC
- Different types of JDBC drivers
- JDBC Driver list for all leading databases
- Basic components of JDBC
- JDBC connection steps
- MySQL database connection steps
- Oracle database connection steps
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