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.
Kenny, To get a String from a blob/clob, you can use blob.getBinaryStream() or clob.getAsciiStream(). It's just like reading from a file. Creating a blob/clob can be done using the set versions of these methods. Many drivers also provide a constructor that takes a String parameter for convenience.