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JDBC Problem: Schema '...' does not exist

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Hi Java Experts,

I'm currently learning some JDBC basics and experimenting with Derby db. Everything was going fine, until  I tried to create table from the following program:

import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.Statement;
import java.sql.ResultSet;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.sql.PreparedStatement;

import java.util.Properties;

public class SQLExample03 {
      final String driver = "org.apache.derby.jdbc.EmbeddedDriver";
      final String protocol = "jdbc:derby:";
      final String dbname = "CarsDB";

      public void work() {
            try {
                  Properties props = new Properties();
                  props.put("user", "sysdba");
                  props.put("password", "masterkey");
                  Connection c = DriverManager.getConnection(
                        protocol + dbname + ";create=true", props);

                  Statement s = c.createStatement();
                  s.execute("CREATE TABLE CARS(" +
                          "  CarID CHAR(4) PRIMARY KEY, " +
                          "  Name  CHAR(20) NOT NULL DEFAULT 'Unknown', " +
                          "  Cost  INT NOT NULL CHECK(Cost BETWEEN 1000 AND 100000))");

                  PreparedStatement ps = c.prepareStatement(
                        "INSERT INTO CARS VALUES (?,?,?)");

                  ps.setString(1, "0001");
                  ps.setString(2, "Ferrari");
                  ps.setInt(3, 100000);
                  ps.setString(1, "0002");
                  ps.setString(2, "Audi");
                  ps.setInt(3, 50000);

                  ps.setString(1, "0003");
                  ps.setString(2, "Ford");
                  ps.setInt(3, 80000);
                  ResultSet rs = s.executeQuery("SELECT * FROM Cars");
                  while ( {
                        System.out.println(rs.getString(1) + " | " +
                                       rs.getString(2) + " | " +

                  boolean gotSQLExc = false;
                  try {
                        DriverManager.getConnection(protocol + ";shutdown=true");
                  } catch (SQLException e) {
                        gotSQLExc = true;
                  if (!gotSQLExc) {
                        System.out.println("Database did not shut down normally");
                  } else {
                        System.out.println("Database shut down normally");
            } catch (Throwable e) {
                  System.out.println("Exception thrown: ");
                  if (e instanceof SQLException) {
                  } else {

      private static void printSQLError(SQLException e) {
            while (e != null) {
                  e = e.getNextException();

      public static void main(String[] args) {
            new SQLExample03().work();            

When I try to run it, i get this output.

Exception thrown:
java.sql.SQLSyntaxErrorException: Schema 'SYSDBA' does not exist

Very strange thing is that, when I comment lines in this program that create and update table CARS and replace them with for example:

s.execute("CREATE TABLE X(Y INT)");

Run program, and then:
* remove previous line
* uncomment previously commented lines
* run program again,
table CARS is created without any exceptions.

Also when I make simplier tables without key words DEFAULT, CHECK,... I don't get any exceptions.

I have tried for hours, to figure out what is the problem, but it simply doesn't make any sense to me.
Any ideas, what is wrong?
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