How do I retrieve values from ResultSet?

Here is another example on how to read data from a ResultSet returned by executing an SQL query in a database.

We start by creating a connection to the database. Creates a PreparedStatement to execute a query to get some data from the books table.

After executing the PreparedStatement we will have a ResultSet object. To iterate all the data in the ResultSet we call the next() method in a while-loop. When no more record to read the method return false. The ResultSet object also provides some methods to read value of the fields, the name of the method is corresponded to the type of data stored on each field of the table.

To read data using the ResultSet‘s methods (e.g. getString(), getInt(), getFloat(), etc) we can either use the column name, or the column index of the field read in the SQL statement.

Let’s see the complete code snippet below:

package org.kodejava.jdbc;

import java.sql.*;

public class ResultSetExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

        String url = "jdbc:mysql://localhost/kodejava";
        String username = "root";
        String password = "";

        try (Connection connection =
                 DriverManager.getConnection(url, username, password)) {

            String query = "SELECT isbn, title, published_year, price " +
                "FROM books";

            PreparedStatement ps = connection.prepareStatement(query);
            ResultSet rs = ps.executeQuery();
            while ( {
                // Read values using column name
                String isbn = rs.getString("isbn");
                String title = rs.getString("title");
                int publishedYear = rs.getInt("published_year");

                // Read values using column index
                double price = rs.getDouble(4);

                System.out.printf("%s, %s, %d, %.2f\n", isbn, title,
                    publishedYear, price);

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