Generic JDBC ResultSetMetaData CAST code needed

I use Java as CGI. I want to pass in a database table name
from an html page
and have my Java code build a web page with the database table column names
as html table column headers and put the data in the
html columns. Pretty basic stuff. The trick is being
able to cast the resultSet columns to the proper
java data types. I could probably do this with a little
thinking and effort, but I'm sure this has been done
a thousand times before and why re-invent the wheel
if you don't have to. What I would like is to see
some code that already does this. I expect that somebody
here could probably cut-n-paste the answer for me in
about 10 seconds.

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heyhey_Connect With a Mentor Commented:
you can use:
which is the same as

and you can get the object's class with
dataObject.getClass() (and the class name with dataObject.getClass().getName() ) ....
>> I wonder what that code that you gave me in your first reply was all about?
but only if you have the dataObject :-) - that is at least one row in the result set (or at least you should extract the first row). if your resultSet is empty, or you can't extract the first row (because somebody else will handel the resultSet object) you need to extract the class information from the MetaData object (and that was the code i posted)

best regards
do you need this piece of code ??

       int type;
            try {
                type = metaData.getColumnType(column+1);
            catch (java.sql.SQLException e) {
                return super.getColumnClass(column);

            switch(type) {
            case Types.CHAR:
             case Types.VARCHAR:
             case Types.LONGVARCHAR:
                 return String.class;
            case Types.BIT:
                 return Boolean.class;

            case Types.TINYINT:
             case Types.SMALLINT:
             case Types.INTEGER:
                 return Integer.class;

            case Types.BIGINT:
                 return Long.class;

             case Types.FLOAT:
            case Types.DOUBLE:
                 return Double.class;

    case Types.DATE:
                 return java.sql.Date.class;
                 return Object.class;
mmooreAuthor Commented:
Actually, I have that piece. What I need is the the casting.
I have a JFC example that shows a JDBCAdapter class which
uses an implementation of TableModel. This works fine but what I really want is to build an HTML page, not use a GUI. The TableModel takes raw objects with some information about the
type of object and POOF! (insert miracle here) the data is
displayed in tabular format in the JFC GUI. This miracle
must involve some casting, and this is what is unclear to me.
Here is my code so far, just to give a better idea of what
I am trying to do.
import java.util.*;
import java.sql.*;  
import oracle.html.*;
import ibm.sql.*;

class table {

   static {
      try {
         // register the driver with DriverManager
      } catch (ClassNotFoundException e) {

   public static void main(String argv[]) throws SQLException, IOException{
      HTTP request        = HTTP.getRequest();
      String table_name   = request.getURLParameter("table_name");
      String temp         = new String();
      Object dataObject;
      java.sql.Date d;
      int sw = 0;
      HtmlHead hd = new HtmlHead("IPROV Table Detail Report");
      HtmlBody bd = new HtmlBody();
      HtmlPage hp = new HtmlPage(hd,bd);
      bd.addItem("<H2>"+table_name+" Details:<BR></H2>");
      try {
         String url = "jdbc:db2:db";
         Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection(url,"mmoore","passwd");
         Statement stmt;
         ResultSet rs;
         ResultSetMetaData md;
         stmt = con.createStatement();
         rs = stmt.executeQuery(
         "SELECT  * "+
         "  from iprov."+table_name);

         md = rs.getMetaData();
         bd.addItem("<TABLE BORDER=1>\n<TR>");
         int numberOfColumns = md.getColumnCount();

         for (int i = 0; i < numberOfColumns; i++) {
             bd.addItem("<TD>"+ md.getColumnLabel(i+1)+"</TD>");

         while ( {
           for (int i=1; i<= numberOfColumns; i++) {
           dataObject = rs.getObject(i);

              bd.addItem("<TD>Data will go Here</TD>");



//       ********************************************************************
         bd.addItem("<BR><BR>Use your [BACK] key to go back.");

      catch (SQLException se) {
         while (se != null) {
             bd.addItem("SQLState: " + se.getSQLState());
             bd.addItem("<BR>Message: " + se.getMessage());
             bd.addItem("<BR>Vendor code: " + se.getErrorCode() + "<BR>");
             se = se.getNextException();
          bd.addItem("<CENTER><H3><FONT color=red>SOMETHING FAILED!</FONT></H3>");
      catch( Exception e ) {

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maybe i don't understand you but you have the real object (data)

    dataObject = rs.getObject(i);

if you want to now what is its class you can use

if you want to print it as string you can use

>> ... to cast the resultSet columns to the proper  java data types ...

but they are already casted to the proper Java type ... - you just have a variable of type Object that points to an Object from the appropriate class ....

hope this helps
mmooreAuthor Commented:
No, clearly it is I who does not understand. Apparently
all I had to do was :

         while ( {
           for (int i=1; i<= numberOfColumns; i++) {
             dataObject = rs.getObject(i);
           bd.addItem("</TR>\n");  ... chop ...

(actually it looks like I could have said:
and saved the needless instanciation of dataObject.)

Hmmm, so if it is so easy, I wonder what that code
that you gave me in your first reply was all about?

Please submit an ANSWER rather than a COMMENTS so
I can award you the points!

Thanks again.

mmooreAuthor Commented:
tried to give you the points bug got
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