Servlets Database Access

This tutorial assumes expect you have understanding on how JDBC application functions. Before beginning with database access through a servlet, ensure you have environment JDBC condition setup along a database.

To begin with detail idea, let us make a database table and make few records in that table as following−

Create Table

To make the Employees table in TEST database, utilize the accompanying advances −

Step 1

Open a Command Prompt and change to the establishment index as following−


C:\>cd Program Files\MySQL\bin 

C:\Program Files\MySQL\bin>

Step 2

Login to database as follows

C:\Program Files\MySQL\bin>mysql -u root -p 

Enter password: ******** 


Step 3

Create the table Employee in TEST database as following−

mysql> use TEST; 

mysql> make table Employees ( 

id int not null, 

age int not null, 

first varchar (255), 

last varchar (255) 


Query OK, 0 columns influenced (0.08 sec) 


Create Data Records

Finally you make few records in Employee table as following−

mysql> INSERT INTO Employees VALUES (100, 18, 'Shima', 'Thoms');
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.05 sec)
mysql> INSERT INTO Employees VALUES (101, 25, 'Rajesh', 'Kumar');
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> INSERT INTO Employees VALUES (102, 30, 'Tonny', 'Stone');
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> INSERT INTO Employees VALUES (103, 28, 'Sumit', 'Mittal');
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

Accessing a Database

Here is an example which shows how to access TEST database using Servlet.

// Loading required libraries
import java.util.*;
import javax.servlet.*;
import javax.servlet.http.*;
import java.sql.*;
public class DatabaseAccess extends HttpServlet{

   public void doGet(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response)
      throws ServletException, IOException {
      // JDBC driver name and database URL
      static final String JDBC_DRIVER = "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver";  
      static final String DB_URL="jdbc:mysql://localhost/TEST";

      //  Database credentials
      static final String USER = "root";
      static final String PASS = "password";

      // Set response content type
      PrintWriter out = response.getWriter();
      String title = "Database Result";
      String docType =
         "<!doctype html public \"-//w3c//dtd html 4.0 " + "transitional//en\">\n";
      out.println(docType +
         "<html>\n" +
         "<head><title>" + title + "</title></head>\n" +
         "<body bgcolor = \"#f0f0f0\">\n" +
         "<h1 Thomsgn = \"center\">" + title + "</h1>\n");
      try {
         // Register JDBC driver

         // Open a connection
         Connection conn = DriverManager.getConnection(DB_URL, USER, PASS);

         // Execute SQL query
         Statement stmt = conn.createStatement();
         String sql;
         sql = "SELECT id, first, last, age FROM Employees";
         ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery(sql);

         // Extract data from result set
            //Retrieve by column name
            int id  = rs.getInt("id");
            int age = rs.getInt("age");
            String first = rs.getString("first");
            String last = rs.getString("last");

            //Display values
            out.println("ID: " + id + "<br>");
            out.println(", Age: " + age + "<br>");
            out.println(", First: " + first + "<br>");
            out.println(", Last: " + last + "<br>");

         // Clean-up environment
      } catch(SQLException se) {
         //Handle errors for JDBC
      } catch(Exception e) {
         //Handle errors for Class.forName
      } finally {
         //finally block used to close resources
         try {
         } catch(SQLException se2) {
         } // nothing we can do
         try {
         } catch(SQLException se) {
         } //end finally try
      } //end try

Now let us order above servlet and make following sections in web.xml











Now call this servlet utilizing URL http://localhost:8080/DatabaseAccess which would show following reaction −

Database Result

ID: 100, Age: 18, First: Shima, Last: Thoms ID: 101, Age: 25, First: Rajesh, Last: Kumar ID: 102, Age: 30, First: Tonny, Last: Stone ID: 103, Age: 28, First: Sumit, Last: Mittal

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