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From Rick Hillegas <rick.hille...@oracle.com>
Subject Re: Should DatabaseMetaData.getTypeInfo() return OBJECT in soft upgrade mode
Date Thu, 06 May 2010 16:07:36 GMT
Kathey Marsden wrote:
> I was wondering, should DatabaseMetaData.getSQLTypes() return OBJECT 
> in soft ugprade mode?
> I was running 10.5.3 tests against a soft upgraded database to 10.6 
> and see quite a few fail because this is included. Should it be in 
> soft upgrade mode?
> Thanks
> Kathey
Hi Kathey,

Thanks for testing soft-upgrade. My feeling is that this new behavior 
corrects a bug in 10.5 and previous releases. I believe that in older 
releases, DatabasebaseMetaData.getTypeInfo() ought to return the row for 
the OBJECT type because the system catalogs contain object columns (e.g. 
SYSCONGLOMERATES.DESCRIPTOR). In the embedded driver in old releases, 
the corresponding call to DatabaseMetaData.getColumns() reports that 

In my opinion, the metadata for the object columns in the system 
catalogs is not consistent within either of Derby's JDBC drivers nor 
across them. I think that soft-upgrade to 10.6 improves the situation 
and hard-upgrade to 10.6 makes the situation even better. We could put 
effort into improving the metadata for these columns in older release 
branches. However, I think that would be a low value project.


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