Connect to SQL Database

I would like to connect to an SQL database from within an Applet.  The intention is that a tickertape be fed with data from the db (which resides on the same server from where the applet is loaded).  Can someone please give me details of the connection code?
Thanks in anticipation.
Chris_mAsked:
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bobbit31Connect With a Mentor Commented:
i'm assuming that you're os is win9x or nt/2000
in that case, add the path to your jar in your classpath:

ie:

SET CLASSPATH=<path to the jar file containing SQLServerDriver>
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bobbit31Commented:
which database?

for mysql it would look something like this:

// Load driver class
Class.forName ("org.gjt.mm.mysql.Driver").newInstance();

// Get the connection
Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:mysql://<server>:3306/<database>?user=<user name>&password=<password>");

// once you have the connection to run a query you can do something like:
Statement stmt = con.createStatment();
ResultSet rs = stmt.executeQuery("Select * from <table>");

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Chris_mAuthor Commented:
I am using Microsoft SQL 7.0.  Does the Class.forName that you have given work for that?  I have tried it but it doesn't seem to work (although the compiler doesn't give an error message). The problem with applets is that I cannot display a message indicating success or failure.  
Incidently, the database is called RefMats and user is sa with no password.
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bobbit31Commented:
no it won't work... which jdbc driver are you using?
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bobbit31Commented:
if you do not have one yet, see:

http://industry.java.sun.com/products/jdbc/drivers
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Chris_mAuthor Commented:
Hello Bobbit31
I have just downloaded "Connect JDBC Type 4 JDBC drivers for high-performance Java database connectivity to all of today's major databases."  But have not installed it yet.  Is this OK.  You will have noticed that I do not know too much about database connectivity, so I hope you will help me.  Because this is turning out to be more involved than I first thought, I will increase the points.
Thanks in anticipation.
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bobbit31Commented:
sure it will work...

you would have something like:
Class.forName("com.ddtek.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerDriver").newInstance();

and

Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection
 ("jdbc:datadirect:sqlserver://server1:1433;User=test;Password=secret");

if you do the install correctly (ie. setting classpath etc.) then using the above lines instead of the ones i use for my driver and db should work.

good luck.
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Chris_mAuthor Commented:
I propose increasing points to 200 if that is agreeable.
In the meantime, I have entered the following code but I do not appear to be getting anything into the array. Also, can you tell me which path I put int CLASSPATH? (ie where the source code is or where the applet resides?

msgArray = new String[11];
         
arraySize = msgArray.length;          
         
try {              
               
Class.forName("com.ddtek.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerDriver").newInstance();
          }
          catch(Exception E){}
          try {    
               Connection con = DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:datadirect:sqlserver://localhost:1433;User=sa");
     stmt = con.createStatement();
     rs = stmt.executeQuery("Select * from EUPRTable");    
     for(i=0; i<11; ++i) {                    
          msgArray[i]=rs.getString("collection");
     }              
     rs.close();
        stmt.close();
        con.close();
}
     catch(SQLException E){}
         
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Chris_mAuthor Commented:
Hello bobbit31,
I think I am not getting past the Class.forName because I put a soryt of default value for the Array in the catch(Exception E) and that is run by the applet.  Another thing, the Applet source and the DB are on the same server.
Hope to hear from you.
Regards
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bobbit31Commented:
is the exception being thrown?
show me the stacktrace if so, ie:

Class.forName("com.ddtek.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerDriver").newInstance();
         }
         catch(Exception E){ E.printStackTrace(System.out); }

if you run your applet w/ appletviewer you'll get the stacktrace in shell.

also, you should have a jar file containing the package com.ddtek.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerDriver.  You want to put this jar file in your classpath.        
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bobbit31Commented:
also, i think you want to do something like this:

Vector msgVector = new Vector();

while (rs.next()) {  
   msgVector.add(rs.getString("collection"));
}

that way you don't have to hard code the 11 in there... it won't matter how many records you have. (if you don't like vector, arraylist will work just as well.)
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Chris_mAuthor Commented:
The reason I am hard coding 11 (it should be 10) is that I only want to view the 10 latest records.

I have run the applet in appletviewer and there is a whole bunch of info there; but I think the message you want isjava.io.FileNotFoundException: C:\jdk1.2.2\bin\com\ddtek\jdbc\sqlserver\SQLServerDriver.class (The system cannot find the path specified)

Please tell me how to get the jar file into the classpath because somehow, I don't think I am doing it correctly.
Thanks and regards
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