Oracle Web RowSet – Part1

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The ResultSet interface requires a persistent connection with a database to invoke the insert, update, and delete row operations on the database table data. The RowSet interface extends the ResultSet interface and is a container for tabular data that may operate without being connected to the data source. Thus, the RowSet interface reduces the overhead of a persistent connection with the database.

In J2SE 5.0, five new implementations of RowSet—JdbcRowSet, CachedRowSet, WebRowSet, FilteredRowSet, and JoinRowSet—were introduced. The WebRowSet interface extends the RowSet interface and is the XML document representation of a RowSet object. A WebRowSet object represents a set of fetched database table rows, which may be modified without being connected to the database.

Support for Oracle Web RowSet is a new feature in Oracle Database 10g driver. Oracle Web RowSet precludes the requirement for a persistent connection with the database. A connection is required only for retrieving data from the database with a SELECT query and for updating data in the database after all the required row operations on the retrieved data has been performed. Oracle Web RowSet is used for queries and modifications on the data retrieved from the database. Oracle Web RowSet, as an XML document representation of a RowSet facilitates the transfer of data.

In Oracle Database 10g and 11g JDBC drivers, Oracle Web RowSet is implemented in the oracle.jdbc.rowset package. The OracleWebRowSet class represents a Oracle Web RowSet. The data in the Web RowSet may be modified without connecting to the database. The database table may be updated with the OracleWebRowSet class after the modifications to the Web RowSet have been made. A database JDBC connection is required only for retrieving data from the database and for updating the database. An XML document representation of the data in a Web RowSet may be obtained for data exchange. In this article, the Web RowSet feature in Oracle 10g database JDBC driver is implemented in JDeveloper 10g. An example Web RowSet will be created from a database. The Web RowSet will be modified and stored in the database table.

In this article, we will learn the following:

  • Creating a Oracle Web RowSet object
  • Adding a row to Oracle Web RowSet
  • Modifying the database table with Web RowSet

In the second half of the article, we will cover the following :

  • Reading a row from Oracle Web RowSet
  • Updating a row in Oracle Web RowSet
  • Deleting a row from Oracle Web RowSet
  • Updating Database Table with modified Oracle Web RowSet

Setting the Environment

We will use Oracle database to generate an updatable OracleWebRowSet object. Therefore, install Oracle database 10g including the sample schemas. Connect to the database with the OE schema:

SQL> CONNECT OE/<password>

Create an example database table, Catalog, with the following SQL script:

CREATE TABLE OE.Catalog(Journal VARCHAR(25), Publisher Varchar(25),
Edition VARCHAR(25), Title Varchar(45), Author Varchar(25));
INSERT INTO OE.Catalog VALUES('Oracle Magazine', 'Oracle
Publishing', 'July-August 2005', 'Tuning Undo Tablespace',
'Kimberly Floss');
INSERT INTO OE.Catalog VALUES('Oracle Magazine', 'Oracle
Publishing', 'March-April 2005', 'Starting with Oracle ADF', 'Steve
Muench');

Configure JDeveloper 10g for Web RowSet implementation. Create a project in JDeveloper. Select File | New | General | Application. In the Create Application window specify an Application Name and click on Next. In the Create Project window, specify a Project Name and click on Next. A project is added in the Applications Navigator.

Oracle Web RowSet - Part1

Next, we will set the project libraries. Select Tools | ProjectProperties and in the Project Properties window, select Libraries | Add Library to add a library. Add the Oracle JDBC library to project libraries. If the Oracle JDBC drivers version prior to the Oracle database 10g (R2) JDBC drivers version is used, create a library from the Oracle Web RowSet implementation classes JAR file: C:JDeveloper10.1.3jdbclibocrs12.jar. The ocrs12.jar is required only for JDBC drivers prior to Oracle database 10g (R2) JDBC drivers. In Oracle database 10g (R2) JDBC drivers OracleRowSet implementation classes are packaged in the ojdbc14.jar. In Oracle database 11g JDBC drivers Oracle RowSet implementation classes are packaged in ojdbc5.jar and ojdbc6.jar.

In the Add Library window select the User node and click on New. In the Create Library window specify a Library Name, select the Class Path node and click on Add Entry. Add an entry for ocrs12.jar. As Web RowSet was introduced in J2SE 5.0, if J2SE 1.4 is being used we also need to add an entry for the RowSet implementations JAR file, rowset.jar. Download the JDBC RowSet Implementations 1.0.1 zip file, jdbc_rowset_tiger-1_0_1-mrel-ri.zip, from http://java.sun.com/products/jdbc/download.html#rowset1_0_1 and extract the JDBC RowSet zip file to a directory. Click on OK in the Create Library window. Click on OK in the Add Library window. A library for the Web RowSet application is added.

Oracle Web RowSet - Part1

Now configure an OC4J data source. Select Tools | Embedded OC4J Server Preferences. A data source may be configured globally or for the current workspace. If a global data source is created using Global | Data Sources, the data source is configured in the C:JDeveloper10.1.3jdevsystemoracle.j2ee.10.1.3.36.73embedded-oc4jconfig data-sources.xml file. If a data source is configured for the current workspace using Current Workspace | Data Sources, the data source is configured in the data-sources.xml file. For example, the data source file for the WebRowSetApp application is WebRowSetApp-data-sources.xml. In the Embedded OC4J Server Preferences window configure either a global data source or a data source in the current workspace. A global data source definition is available to all applications deployed in the OC4J server instance. A managed-data-source element is added to the data-sources.xml file.

<managed-data-source name='OracleDataSource' connection-pool-
name='Oracle Connection Pool' jndi-name='jdbc/OracleDataSource'/>
<connection-pool name='Oracle Connection Pool'>
<connection-factory factory-
class='oracle.jdbc.pool.OracleDataSource' user='OE' password='pw'
url="jdbc:oracle:thin:@localhost:1521:ORCL">
</connection-factory>
</connection-pool>

Add a JSP, GenerateWebRowSet.jsp, to the WebRowSet project. Select File | New | Web Tier | JSP | JSP. Click on OK. Select J2EE 1.3 or J2EE 1.4 in the Web Application window and click on Next. In the JSP File window specify a File Name and click on Next. Select the default settings in the Error Page Options page and click on Next. Select the default settings in the Tag Librarieswindow and click on Next. Select the default options in the HTML Options window and click on Next. Click on Finish in the Finish window. Next, configure the web.xml deployment descriptor to include a reference to the data source resource configured in the data-sources.xml file as shown in following listing:

<resource-ref>
<res-ref-name>jdbc/OracleDataSource</res-ref-name>
<res-type>javax.sql.DataSource</res-type>
<res-auth>Container</res-auth>
</resource-ref>

Oracle Web RowSet - Part1

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