Getting started with jOOQ: A Tutorial


I accidentally stumbled onto jOOQ a few days ago while doing a lot of research on Hibernate. Funny how things work, isn’t it? For those of you that aren’t familiar with it, jOOQ is a different approach to the over-ORMing of Java persistence. Rather than try to map database tables to Java classes and abstract away the SQL underneath, jOOQ assumes you want low level control over the SQL queries you execute, and provides a mostly typesafe interface for executing queries. I don’t have anything against simple ORMs, but it’s good to have the right tool for the right job. From the jOOQ homepage:</p?

Instead of this SQL query:


You would execute this Java code:


Why a Java interface? Type safety, for one. Programmatically using jOOQ’s DSL has some advantages over writing SQL queries by hand, such as IDE support and compile time checking of some things.

The idea interested me and I dug in. Unfortunately, the jOOQ site’s documentation, while fairly comprehensive, DO NOT PROVIDE AN END TO END “GETTING STARTED” PAGE!!! This means that if you want to learn jOOQ, you’ll have to jump to the chapter about Meta model code generation, then jump to the DSL, then jump to jOOQ classes section. It’s a bit of a mess for new users. Google search also didn’t turn up many useful results, so I figured I’d whip up a quick “Getting started” guide. We’re going to go over the following steps:

Preparation: Download jOOQ and your SQL driver
Step 1: Create a SQL database and a table
Step 2: Generate classes
Step 3. Write a main class and establish MySQL connection
Step 4: Write a query using jOOQ’s DSL
Step 5: Iterate over results
Step 6: Profit!

Ready? Let’s get started.

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I'm Ikai and I've been fascinated by technology since before I could walk. I became the 'go to' guy for my friend's tech issues and after getting the same questions over and over, I decided to write down my answers. I hope you find the same value that my friend did.

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