Performing Database Operations in Java | SQL CREATE, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE and SELECT
This article is going to help you in learning how to do basic database operations using JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) API. These basic operations are INSERT, SELECT, UPDATE and DELETE statements in SQLlanguage. Although the target database system is Oracle Database, but the same techniques can be applied to other database systems as well because of the query syntax used is standard SQL is generally supported by all relational database systems.
You need to go through this article article before continuing for better understanding.
Creating a user in Oracle Database and granting required permissions :
Open oracle using cmd. For that type sqlplus in cmd and press Enter.
Create a user-id protected by a password. This user-id is called child user.
create user identified by ;
Grant required permissions to child user. For simplicity we grant database administrator priviledge to child user.
conn / as sysdba;
grant dba to ;
Create a sample table with blank fields :
CREATE TABLE userid(
id varchar2(30) NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY,
pwd varchar2(30) NOT NULL,
Principal JDBC interfaces and classes
Let’s take an overview look at the JDBC’s main interfaces and classes which we’ll use in this article. They are all available under the java.sql package:
Class.forName() : Here we load the driver’s class file into memory at the runtime. No need of using new or creation of object.
DriverManager: This class is used to register driver for a specific database type (e.g. Oracle Database in this tutorial) and to establish a database connection with the server via its getConnection() method.
Connection: This interface represents an established database connection (session) from which we can create statements to execute queries and retrieve results, get metadata about the database, close connection, etc.
Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection
("jdbc:oracle:thin:@localhost:1521:orcl", "login1", "pwd1");
Statement and PreparedStatement: These interfaces are used to execute static SQL query and parameterized SQL query, respectively. Statement is the super interface of the PreparedStatement interface. Their commonly used methods are:
boolean execute(String sql): executes a general SQL statement. It returns true if the query returns a ResultSet, false if the query returns an update count or returns nothing. This method can be used with a Statement only.
int executeUpdate(String sql): executes an INSERT, UPDATE or DELETE statement and returns an update account indicating number of rows affected (e.g. 1 row inserted, or 2 rows updated, or 0 rows affected).
Statement stmt = con.createStatement();
String q1 = "insert into userid values
('" +id+ "', '" +pwd+ "', '" +fullname+ "', '" +email+ "')";
int x = stmt.executeUpdate(q1);
ResultSet executeQuery(String sql): executes a SELECT statement and returns a ResultSet object which contains results returned by the query.
Statement stmt = con.createStatement();
String q1 = "select * from userid WHERE id = '" + id + "'
AND pwd = '" + pwd + "'";
ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery(q1);
ResultSet: contains table data returned by a SELECT query. Use this object to iterate over rows in the result set using next() method.
SQLException: this checked exception is declared to be thrown by all the above methods, so we have to catch this exception explicitly when calling the above classes’ methods.
Connecting to the Database
The Oracle Database server listens on the default port 1521 at localhost. The following code snippet connects to the database name userid by the user login1 and password pwd1.
System.out.println("Full Name :"+ rs.getString(3));
System.out.println("E-mail :"+ rs.getString(4));
System.out.println("No such user id is already registered");
User-Id : id1
Full Name : geeks for geeks
Note : Here the column index here is 1-based, the first column will be at index 1, the second at index 2, and so on.
For other data types, the ResultSet provide appropriate getter methods: