This document contains the final specification of the JDBC 2.0 Core API.
1.2 Target audience
The target audience for this document includes the JDBC driver vendors whose products
implement the JDBC API, other vendors who want to provide support for the
JDBC API in their products, and end-users developing applications using the JDBC
The initial release of the JDBC API has been well received by both end-users developing
database applications using Java technology, and vendors of database products.
Due to its wide acceptance, the JDBC API has become a core Java API. We would like
to thank everyone who has worked on or used JDBC technology for helping to make it
Since the first release of the JDBC API, we have received valuable feedback from the
members of the JDBC community regarding new features that would make useful additions
to the API. We are continuing to solicit additional input and ideas from everyone
who has an interest in JDBC technology, and we encourage everyone to send us their
requests and ideas for new features and directions.
The JDBC 2.0 API has been separated into two parts: the JDBC 2.0 Core API and the
JDBC 2.0 Standard Extension API. Chapters 2 and 3 of this document discuss goals and
give an overview of the JDBC 2.0 API as a whole. The remainder of the document contains
a detailed specification of the JDBC 2.0 Core API. A detailed specification for the
JDBC 2.0 Standard Extension API is presented in a separate document.
In this document we refer to the previous release of the JDBC API as the JDBC 1.0 API.
The JDBC 2.0 API design effort has been a broad industry effort that has involved over
twenty partner companies. We would like to thank the many reviewers who have contributed
to previous versions of the specification. We especially thank Gray Clossman
and Stefan Dessloch for making the initial proposal for adding SQL3 types to the JDBC
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