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Hi all
I am working on Windows 95 and using Ms Access.I want to make sure how to use Blob and clob in this environment.Can somebody help me with examples and explain it to me(Creating,Storing and
Accessing it)
Thank you.
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I am not quite sure whether Ms-Access supports Blob, Clob Data types. But I know that Oracle 8.x supports
I can show u a few examples of how to use them with Oracle
* @author Robin Paul (The Great)
* Development Environment : JDeveloper 2.0
* Name of the Application :
* Creation/Modification History :
* 10-JAN-1998 Created
* Overview of Application :
* This sample illustrates access and manipulation of CLOB and BLOB columns
* using JDBC. Oracle's JDBC driver, provides API to perform selects, updates
* inserts and deletes from LOB columns.
* The sample illustrates the above operations on CLOB and BLOB columns in the
* AIRPORT_LOB_DETAILS table. It inserts sample .gif and .txt file contents,
* into the LOB columns for the chosen airport. If LOB data already exists for
* the chosen airport, it retrieves and displays them. It also
* illustrates manipulation of LOB columns, by allowing users to enter text to
* be appended to the CLOB column.
import java.sql.*; //Package for JDBC classes
//Package for Oracle Extensions to JDBC
import oracle.sql.*;
import oracle.jdbc.driver.*;
public class LOBSample {
Connection m_connection; //Database Connection Object
LOBFrame m_GUI; // The GUI handler for the sample
// Sample file names
static final String s_MapFileName = "map.gif";
static final String s_SugBookFileName = "suggestionbook.txt";
* Constructor. Initializes GUI
public LOBSample() {
try {
m_GUI = new LOBFrame(this);
} catch (Exception ex) {
m_GUI.putStatus("Error in GUI initialization\n"+ex.toString());
* Main entry point for the class. Instantiates the root frame,
* sets up the database connection and populates the JTable with AIRPORTS rows
public static void main(String[] args) {
LOBSample lobs = new LOBSample(); // Instantiate root frame
lobs.dbConnection(); // Setup db connection
if (lobs.m_connection != null)
lobs.populateAirports(); // Populate the JTable with all airports rows
* Dispatches the GUI events to the appropriate method, which performs
* the required JDBC operations. This method is invoked when event occurs
* in the GUI (like table Selection, Button clicks etc.).
public void dispatchEvent (String p_eventName) {
//Dispatch Event
if (p_eventName.equals("Load Sample Files"))
else if (p_eventName.equals("Add Suggestions")) {
String l_suggestions = m_GUI.getSuggestionText();
if (!l_suggestions.equals("CANCEL")) {
m_GUI.m_sugArea.append(new String(l_suggestions));
} else if (p_eventName.equals("Airport Selected in Table"))
else if (p_eventName.equals("EXIT"))

* Creates a database connection object using JDBC. Please substitute the
* database connection parameters with appropriate values in
public void dbConnection() {
try {
m_GUI.putStatus("Connecting to the Database. Please wait..");
//Load the Oracle JDBC Driver and register it.
DriverManager.registerDriver(new oracle.jdbc.driver.OracleDriver());
//Form the database connect string(TNSNAMES entry) as a name-value pair
//using the connection parameters as specified in
String l_dbConnectString =
//The following statement creates a database connection object
//using the DriverManager.getConnection method. The first parameter is
//the database URL which is constructed based on the connection
//parameters specified in
//The URL syntax is as follows:
//"jdbc racle:<driver>:@<db connection string>"
//<driver>, can be 'thin' or 'oci8'
//<db connect string>, is a Net8 name-value, denoting the TNSNAMES entry
m_connection = DriverManager.getConnection(
"jdbc racle:thin:@"+l_dbConnectString,
ConnectionParams.s_userName, ConnectionParams.s_password);
//Sets the auto-commit property for the connection to be false.
//By default it is true.
m_GUI.putStatus("Connected to "+ConnectionParams.s_databaseSID+
" Database as "+ConnectionParams.s_userName);
} catch(Exception ex){ //Trap SQL errors
m_GUI.putStatus("Error in Connecting to the Database "+ex.toString());
* Queries all rows from the AIRPORTS table and populates the JTable with
* the returned rows
public void populateAirports() {
try {
m_GUI.appendStatus("\nPopulating Airports. Please wait...");
// Statement object for issuing SQL statements
Statement l_stmt = m_connection.createStatement();
// Execute the query that returns all airport rows
ResultSet l_resultSet = l_stmt.executeQuery(
// Loop through the result set and populate JTable with all airports
while ( {
//Retrieve column values for this row
String l_code = l_resultSet.getString(1);
String l_desc = l_resultSet.getString(2);
String l_city = l_resultSet.getString(3);
m_GUI.addToJTable(l_code, l_desc, l_city); //Insert into Jtable
l_stmt.close(); // Close the statement, which also closes the ResultSet
m_GUI.putStatus("Connected to database and retrieved all airport rows");
m_GUI.appendStatus("\nPlease Choose an airport ");
} catch (SQLException ex) { // Trap SQL errors
m_GUI.putStatus("Error Querying Airports table: \n"+ex.toString());
* Creates a new row for the selected airport in AIRPORT_LOB_DETAILS.
* It then loads the sample files into the LOB columns, using JDBC.
void loadSamples(String p_airportCode) {
try {
m_GUI.putStatus("Creating row for airport in AIRPORT_LOB_DETAILS.. ");
// Form a SQL statement for inserting a row into AIRPORT_LOB_DETAILS
// The LOB column values are initialized to empty in this step, and
// will be loaded in the steps below.
PreparedStatement l_pstmt=m_connection.prepareStatement(
"AIRPORT_SUG_BOOK) values(? , empty_blob() , empty_clob())");
l_pstmt.setString(1,p_airportCode); // Bind AIRPORT code
l_pstmt.execute(); // Execute SQL statement
l_pstmt.close(); // Close statement
m_GUI.appendStatus("Created.\nLoading <map.gif> into BLOB column for airport...");
// Retrieve the row just inserted, and lock it for insertion of the
// LOB columns.
Statement l_stmt = m_connection.createStatement();
ResultSet l_lobDetails = l_stmt.executeQuery(
"WHERE AIRPORT_CODE = '"+p_airportCode+"' FOR UPDATE");
// Retrieve BLOB and CLOB streams for AIRPORT_MAP and AIRPORT_SUG_BOOK
// columns, and load the sample files
if ( {
// Get the BLOB locator and open output stream for the BLOB
BLOB l_mapBLOB = ((OracleResultSet)l_lobDetails).getBLOB(1);
OutputStream l_blobOutputStream = l_mapBLOB.getBinaryOutputStream();
// Open the sample file as a stream for insertion into the BLOB column
File l_mapFile = new File(s_MapFileName);
InputStream l_sampleFileStream=new FileInputStream(l_mapFile);
// Buffer to hold chunks of data to being written to the BLOB.
// In Oracle8.1.5 JDBC drivers a method getBufferSize() is available
// in the BLOB class, that returns the optimal buffer size
byte[] l_buffer = new byte[10* 1024];
// Read a chunk of data from the sample file input stream, and write the
// chunk to the BLOB column output stream. Repeat till file has been
// fully read.
int l_nread = 0; // Number of bytes read
while ((l_nread= != -1) // Read from file
l_blobOutputStream.write(l_buffer,0,l_nread); // Write to BLOB
// Close both streams
// Load the suggestion book sample file into the CLOB column
m_GUI.appendStatus("Done\nLoading <suggestionbook.txt> into CLOB column ..");
// Get the CLOB locator and open an output stream for the CLOB
CLOB l_sugBookCLOB = ((OracleResultSet)l_lobDetails).getCLOB(2);
Writer l_clobWriter = l_sugBookCLOB.getCharacterOutputStream();
// Open the sample file as a stream for insertion into the CLOB column
File l_sugbookFile = new File(s_SugBookFileName);
FileReader l_sugFileReader = new FileReader(l_sugbookFile);
// Buffer to hold chunks of data to being written to the CLOB.
// In Oracle8.1.5 JDBC drivers a method getBufferSize() is available
// in the CLOB class that returns the optimal buffer size
char[] l_cbuffer = new char[10* 1024];
// Read a chunk of data from the sample file input stream, and write the
// chunk into the CLOB column output stream. Repeat till file has been
// fully read.
l_nread = 0;
while ((l_nread= != -1) // Read from File
l_clobWriter.write(l_cbuffer,0,l_nread); // Write to CLOB
// Close both streams
m_GUI.putStatus("Done Loading sample files");
m_GUI.appendStatus("\nRetrieving and displaying sample files..");
// Retrieve and display the LOB data just inserted
m_GUI.putStatus("Done loading and displaying LOB data");
// Close Result Set and statement
} catch (Exception ex) { // Trap SQL errors
m_GUI.putStatus("Error loading sample files for the selected airport");
* Accepts suggestions from an JOptionPane and appends the entered
* suggestions to the CLOB column
void addSuggestions(String p_airportCode, char[] p_suggestions) {
try {
m_GUI.putStatus("Appending entered suggestions to CLOB column. Please wait...");
Statement l_stmt = m_connection.createStatement(); // Prepare a statement
// Retrieve the CLOB locator and also lock the row, for the selected
// Airport
ResultSet l_lobDetails = l_stmt.executeQuery(
"WHERE AIRPORT_CODE='"+p_airportCode+"' FOR UPDATE");
// Obtain the CLOB locator and append suggestions
if ( {
// Get the CLOB locator
CLOB l_clob = ((OracleResultSet)l_lobDetails).getCLOB(1);
// Append the entered suggestions to the end of the CLOB data.
// The first parameter to plsql_write, is the offset from which to start
// writing, and the second parameter is the data to be written.
// plsql_length(), returns the length of the data in the CLOB column
l_stmt.close(); // Close statement which also closes open result sets
} catch(SQLException ex) {
m_GUI.putStatus("Error appending suggestions to the CLOB column");
* This method is called when a row is selected from the airport JTable.
* It checks if there exists data in AIRPORT_LOB_DETAILS for the selected
* airport. If there exists data, it calls drawBLOB and writeCLOB to
* display the data
void airportSelected(String p_airportCode) {
try {
m_GUI.putStatus("Retrieving LOB details for selected airport..");
// Create a SQL statement
Statement l_stmt = m_connection.createStatement();
// Query AIRPORT_LOB_DETAILS for the selected AIRPORT
ResultSet l_lobDetails = l_stmt.executeQuery(
"WHERE AIRPORT_CODE='"+p_airportCode+"'");
// Check if LOB columns exist
if ( {
// LOB details exist
// Display airport map and suggestion book (LOB details)
writeCLOB(((OracleResultSet)l_lobDetails).getCLOB(2), p_airportCode);
m_GUI.putStatus("Done retrieving and displaying LOB details");
} else {
// No LOB details
m_GUI.putStatus("No airport map and suggestion book exist for selected airport");
m_GUI.appendStatus("\nPress <Load Sample Files> to load LOB details");
} catch (Exception ex) { // Trap SQL errors
m_GUI.putStatus("Error retrieving LOB Details for the selected airport");

* Retrieve the BLOB data from input BLOB column into a local file,
* and draws the image
void drawBLOB(BLOB p_blob, String p_airPCode) {
try {
// Open a stream to read the BLOB data
InputStream l_blobStream = p_blob.getBinaryStream();
// Open a file stream to save the BLOB data
FileOutputStream l_fileOutStream = new FileOutputStream(p_airPCode+".gif");
// Read from the BLOB data input stream, and write to the file output
// stream
byte[] l_buffer = new byte[10]; // buffer holding bytes to be transferred
int l_nbytes = 0; // Number of bytes read
while ((l_nbytes = != -1) // Read from BLOB stream
l_fileOutStream.write(l_buffer,0,l_nbytes); // Write to file stream
// Flush and close the streams
m_GUI.drawMap(p_airPCode); // Draw retrieved image to GUI
} catch (Exception ex) { // Trap SQL and IO errors
m_GUI.putStatus("Error in retrieving and drawing map for selected airport");
* Retrieve the character data from the input CLOB, save in a
* StringBuffer and display the StringBuffer contents in GUI
void writeCLOB(CLOB p_clob, String p_airPCode) {
try {
// Open a stream to read CLOB data
Reader l_clobStream = p_clob.getCharacterStream();
// Holds the CLOB data when the CLOB stream is being read
StringBuffer l_suggestions = new StringBuffer();
// Read from the CLOB stream and write to the stringbuffer
int l_nchars = 0; // Number of chanracters read
char[] l_buffer = new char[10]; // Buffer holding characters being transferred
while ((l_nchars = != -1) // Read from CLOB
l_suggestions.append(l_buffer,0,l_nchars); // Write to StringBuffer
l_clobStream.close(); // Close the CLOB input stream
m_GUI.m_sugArea.append(new String(l_suggestions)); // Display in GUI
} catch (Exception ex) { // Trap SQL and IO errors
m_GUI.putStatus("Error in getting and drawing CLOB for the airport, "+p_airPCode+":");
* Close the database Connection and exit the application
public void exitApplication() {
try {
m_GUI.putStatus("Closing the connection....please wait.....");
if (m_connection != null)
m_connection.close(); //Close the m_connection object.
} catch(SQLException ex){ //Trap SQL Errors
System.exit(0); //Exit the application

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