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Class.forName() ?

 
AmitVijay AVKulkarni
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Dear all,

I am using JDBC Type 3 driver for Oracle database. I am using classes12.jar. In this we have a class called oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver. When we are creating a connection with a database first statement we write is

Class.forName("oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver");

Can anybody tell me exactly how this functions? I mean when we say Class.forName("ABC"), this causes class named ABC to be initilized or it creates a copy of the class ABC.

What happens to copy of class ABC if it is already there?

~ Amit
[ July 27, 2005: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
 
David O'Meara
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You'll find better answers if you search the forum, but the short answer is that 'Class.forName() causes the class to be loaded, and when Drivers are loaded they register themselves with the DriverManager. If you call it multiple times the class will only load itself once and register iteself once.
 
Makarand Parab
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Hi
Okay here is the answer.
When u say Class.forName("ABC");
Class.forName gets executed. it loads the class "ABC".
In class ABC, there is a static block which gets executed as stated below

public class ABC
{
ABC abc = null ;

static
{
if(abc == null)
{
//loads and creates a new object if it does
not exist
ABC abc = new ABC();
//then it registers with the Driver Manager using
DriverManager.registerDriver(abc);
// this is a static method check
the DriverManager API
}
}
}

Hope the above code resolves ur issue. Let me know if u want any more help or check out for JDBC specification pdf on sun site.

Regards
Makarand Parab
 
sinasi susam
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What do you mean by "class loading?"
where are the classes loaded when its passed?
 
Yilmaz Mete
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Here is the JDBC Driver Contract.

Class Loading is a complex mechanism, which I advice you not to deal with for the time being.
 
Alex Prawira
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Why can't we use just create a new object with that class ??

Like

driver = New JDBCDDriver();

I mean we put the Initializer Code in the constructor.

Sorry for my bad English. *sigh*

 
David O'Meara
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If you create your own Driver, your code becomes 'coupled' with that Driver. You won't be able to use a different database without recompiling your code.

If you use Class.forName(string) and DriverManager.getConnection(string), then you can pass the string values in at run time and change it each time the application is run, or even distribute your application and allow users to choose their own dtabaase rather than being forced to use just one.

Dave
 
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