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Core Java™ Data Objects by Heiko Bobzin, Michael Vorburger, Keiron McCammon, Sameer Tyagi

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12.1. JDBC 2.0 and 3.0

JDBC (Java Database Connectivity[1] ) is a Java API for accessing relational database systems. Prominent examples of relational database management system (RDBMS) products include Oracle, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase or Interbase, as well as open-source RDBMS solutions like MySQL or PostgreSQL.

[1] Sun's official position is that JDBC does not stand for Java Database Connectivity, possibly because of trademark issues with Microsoft's ODBC, Open Database Connectivity; however, it is the generally accepted assumption and a useful memory bridge to remember the acronym.

Other approaches for database systems included ISAM, hierarchical, or document-oriented databases, as well as X.500/LDAP repositories, and more recently, ...

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