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

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The Design of JDBC

From the start, the developers of the Java technology at Sun were aware of the potential that Java showed for working with databases. Starting in 1995, they began working on extending the standard Java library to deal with SQL access to databases. What they first hoped to do was to extend Java so that it could talk to any random database, using only “pure” Java. It didn't take them long to realize that this is an impossible task: There are simply too many databases out there, using too many protocols. Moreover, while database vendors were all in favor of Sun providing a standard network protocol for database access, they were only in favor of it if Sun decided to use their network protocol.

What all the database vendors and ...

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