This week's book giveaway is in the Java in General forum. We're giving away four copies of Think Java: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist and have Allen B. Downey & Chris Mayfield on-line! See this thread for details.
When you load a JDBC driver you use Class.forName to load it. Any reasons why? What I thought is that you can pass an externalized string to Class.forName and thus use any Driver at runtime. Does it also have to do something with ClassLoader hierarchy?