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Since incorporating more JDBC support into the tree, I have gotten a few
inquiries on how we plan to support different driver types. This email
will hopefully explain the direction I intend to guide the process
towards, so that Java developers listening can have an opportunity to
voice any concerns.
[ BACKGROUND ]
Type 1: JDBC-ODBC bridge, plus an ODBC driver
(for things like dBase, Access, Excel)
Type 2: native API, part-Java driver
Type 3: 100% Java driver for database middleware
Type 4: 100% Java driver for direct connections
JDBC Versions: JDBC 2.0 vs 3.0?
I won't attempt to explain this detail. JDBC 3.0 is for Java 1.4 and
later only, and has improvements in pooling, and integration with J2EE.
It should be noted that the lead author of JDBC 3.0 (Jon Ellis) is also a
Gentoo developer. :)
[ IMPLEMENTATION DETAILS ]
1. Type 4 drivers will be the default for any data source that has Type 4
2. Type 1 drivers will be added only when Type 4 drivers are not available
(as will normally be the case).
3. I am not expecting to see any support for Type 2 drivers in the tree.
If they do exist, they will be done as separate packages from any other
driver type, because of portability issues.
4. Type 3 drivers are expected to be included if they are available, in
the same ebuilds that install the Type 4 drivers. This will mean the
addition of one local USE flag: "jdbc-type3".
5. Setting "jdbc-type3" will ensure that Type 3 drivers will get installed
(if they exist) instead of Type 4 drivers. Both cannot be installed at
the same time, as both drivers would end up in package.env's CLASSPATH --
which is not a sane configuration.
6. JDBC 2.0 drivers will be kept in separate packages from JDBC 3.0
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