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getColumnType of ResultSetMetaData returns NUMERIC type for all integer, double types.

Posted on 2008-11-17
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Last Modified: 2013-12-29
My application is running fine with Java 1.5, Oracle JDBC driver 10i with Oracle 10i database.  In this application, there is a part of code which uses getColumnType of ResultSetMetaData function to find out the column type of the particular column. Based on the column type value, that column value is retrieved.
For example If the return value is "Double", resultSet.getDouble(columnName) method is used to retrieve. If it is "Long", then resultSet.getLong(columnName) is used.

Now I want to use the same code to access the database Oracle 8i. When I used the application as it is to access the 8i database, the getColumnType method returned "Numeric" instead of either Double/ Long.
I thought the problem was with JDBC driver jar file. so I replaced Oracle 10i jdbc driver with Oracle driver. But Still I had the same problem. Now I tried replacing Java 1.5 with Java 1.4 too. But still that return type was "Numeric". no luck. Is it the problem with Oracle 8i database?

I almost tried all the combination of Java 1.4/ Java 1.5, Oracle jdbc driver 10i/8i and Oracle database 10i / 8i.  No luck. Please help me to solve this problem.

import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.PreparedStatement;
import java.sql.ResultSet;
import java.sql.ResultSetMetaData;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.sql.Types;
import java.util.Date;
import oracle.jdbc.pool.OracleDataSource;
public class DBAccessPool 
     public static void main(String args[]) throws ClassNotFoundException, SQLException 
			ResultSetMetaData metaData = null;
			String columnName = null;
			int columnType;
			String columnValue = null;
			OracleDataSource ds = new OracleDataSource();
			Connection conn = ds.getConnection();
			PreparedStatement stmt = conn.prepareStatement(selectQuery);
			ResultSet rset = stmt.executeQuery();
			metaData = rset.getMetaData();
			if(rset.next()) {
			   for(int columnCount = 1; columnCount <= metaData.getColumnCount();columnCount++)
				   columnValue = null;
				   columnName = metaData.getColumnName(columnCount);
				   columnType = metaData.getColumnType(columnCount);
				   if(columnType == Types.CHAR || columnType == Types.VARCHAR || columnType == Types.LONGVARCHAR)
					   columnValue = rset.getString(columnName);
				   else if(columnType == Types.INTEGER || columnType == Types.BIGINT || columnType == Types.SMALLINT || columnType == Types.NUMERIC)
					   long templong = rset.getLong(columnName);
						   columnValue  = Long.toString(templong);
				   else if(columnType == Types.DECIMAL || columnType == Types.DOUBLE || columnType == Types.FLOAT || columnType == Types.REAL)
					   double tempDouble1 = rset.getDouble(columnName);
						   columnValue  = Double.toString(tempDouble1);
				   else if(columnType == Types.TIME || columnType == Types.TIMESTAMP || columnType == Types.DATE)
					   Timestamp sqlTimeStamp = rset.getTimestamp(columnName);
						   columnValue = sqlTimeStamp.toString();
				   System.out.println("Column Name: "+columnName+ " Column Type: "+columnType + "  Column Value: "+columnValue + " "+metaData.getColumnClassName(columnCount));

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Question by:makeshkumar_r
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CEHJ earned 1000 total points
ID: 22978273
What does it matter - your code is only turning it into a String anyway? You could probably call getString or at least getObject(n).toString

Author Comment

ID: 22978365
Thank you. That's a good catch. I was trying too hard to find out how to get the right value for getColumnType() method. I didn't think of other ways.
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Expert Comment

ID: 22978443
If you want to be more type-specific:

case Types.NUMERIC:
	Number n = (Number)rs.getObject(x);
	float f = n.floatValue();
	double d = n.doubleValue();
	// And so on for all other numeric primitives

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Expert Comment

ID: 37481281
The solution is fake for me. The promisse is clariry way to determine the type of a column and this job is ot complete.

really disappointed

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