This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
There may be a way, but it may involve you creating your own driver to get connected, which means you are still using JDBC. You don't have to use ODBC, but you would then need JDBC. Am I correct about that? Bill