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Core Java™ 2 Volume II - Advanced Features, Seventh Edition by Gary Cornell, Cay S. Horstmann

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Chapter 4. Database Programming

In the summer of 1996, Sun released the first version of the Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) API. This API lets programmers connect to a database and then query or update it, using the Structured Query Language or SQL. (SQL, usually pronounced like “sequel,” is an industry standard for relational database access.)

Java and JDBC have an essential advantage over other database programming environments: Programs developed with Java and JDBC are platform independent and vendor independent.

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