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From "Lance J. Andersen" <Lance.Ander...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: How does an application get access to JDBC implementation classes
Date Sat, 19 Nov 2005 01:24:43 GMT

David W. Van Couvering wrote:

> Hi, all.  I would like to know exactly what are the 
> approved/documented ways to get a connection.
> My reason for asking this is, I want to understand what all touch 
> points there are in JDBC that allow you to get access to the first 
> implementation class for a given driver.  If I have it right, 
> everything hangs off of a Connection, so what are the ways in which 
> you get a Connection?
> I know one way is to load the driver class and then use 
> DriverManager.getConnection().
> Another way is, in a managed environment,  use JNDI or some other 
> mechanism to load a registered DataSource and then use that to get a 
> connection.
> Are there other ways?  Can, for instance, a user directly create an 
> driver specific DataSource instance (rather than going through JNDI) 
> and then use that to create connections?  Or is that not a supported 
> mechanism?

You can directly create an instance of a given DataSource in leiu of 
using DriverManager.  There are a required number of setters and any 
additional properties must all be available via a setter.

> Thanks,
> David

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