JDBC Query

JDBC Query is an asynchronous activity that performs the specified SQL SELECT statement. If this activity is not part of a transaction group, the SQL statement is committed after the activity completes.


If this activity is part of a transaction group, the SQL statement is committed or rolled back with the other JDBC activities in the group at the end of the transaction.

If you want to override the default behavior of transaction groups for certain JDBC activities in a transaction group, you can select the Override Transaction Behavior check box on the Advanced tab. This specifies that the activity is outside of the transaction and the SQL statement is committed when the activity completes, even if the activity is in a transaction group.

The General tab has the following fields.

Field Literal Value/Module Property? Description
Name None The name to be displayed as the label for the activity in the process.
JDBC Shared Resource Yes The path to the shared configuration resource containing the JDBC connection information. For details, refer to JDBC Connection
Timeout(sec) Yes The time (in seconds) to wait for the query to complete. If the query does not complete in the given time limit, an error is returned.
Maximum rows Yes The maximum number of rows to retrieve. To retrieve all rows, specify 0.


Provide a short description for the activity.


The Statement tab has the following fields.

Field Description
Statement This is the SQL SELECT statement to perform in the database. You can use a SQL Builder wizard to build the query for the desired database.
Prepared Statement The Prepared Statement contains the Parameter Name and Data Type fields. All the parameters defined in the Prepared Statement table are shown in the Input tab of the activity for the user to provide values.

Each prepared statement corresponds to the question mark in the same position in the SQL statement. That is, the first prepared statement in the list corresponds to the first question mark, the second prepared statement in the list corresponds to the second question mark, and so on. The warning is for the purpose of information only. Ensure that the parameters in this field correctly correspond to the statement.

You can optionally specify names for each prepared parameter. By default, the prepared statements are named Parameter1, Parameter2, and so on. You must supply the datatype of each parameter to the SQL statement, and this datatype is used in the input schema for the statement.

Execute the Query Button

Runs the JDBC Select statement entered in the Statement field and shows the results in the Results View. These results are persisted in the workspace.

SQL Button

Launch Eclipse SQL Builder. For more information on using the SQL Builder to visually build queries, go to: http://help.eclipse.org/indigo/index.jsp?topic=%2Forg.eclipse.datatools.sqltools.doc.user%2Fdoc%2Fhtml%2Fasc1229700427574.html

Fetch Button

Using the Fetch button on this activity, you can synchronize the activity with the contents of the database. When you first configure a JDBC activity, click the Fetch button to retrieve the schema for the output result set before applying your changes by saving your project.

After you have configured your activity, the Fetch button is useful when you make a change to the database while editing a process containing this activity. The Fetch button synchronizes with the database and changes the output schema, if necessary.


The Advanced tab has the following fields.

Field Description
ThreadPool SharedResource Specifies a queue of threads available to run a queue of tasks. Thread pools are used to improve performance when executing large numbers of asynchronous tasks by reducing per task invocation overhead, provide a means of bounding, and managing the resources consumed when executing a collection of tasks.
Override Transaction Behavior Overrides the default behavior of a transaction group. If this activity is in a transaction group, the activity is normally committed or rolled back with the other transactional activities.

This activity is not part of the transaction group and is committed when it completes, when this check box is selected. Selecting this option uses a separate database connection to perform the activity and commit the SQL statement.

Override JDBC Connection Selecting this option overrides the default datasource connection, and allows for SQL queries to be executed against the optional datasource.

After selecting this option, the sharedResourceName field is enabled under the Input > Data Source tab. From the sharedResourceName field, type the complete path with the name of the optional datasource, which can be found under the Resources folder. For example, if a JDBC shared resource is located at Resources > Package_Name > JDBC_SR_Name, then the value you enter should be Package_Name.JDBC_SR_Name. The value you enter in the XPath Expression field is case sensitive and must be a string.

To avoid mapping issues, ensure the optional datasource maintains a structure that is identical to the default database, and that both datasources are using the same datatypes.
Note: Transactions between multiple datasources is not supported.
Use Nil Specifies whether NULLs are represented as optional schema elements or whether each item that can contain a NULL has subitems.
Interpret Empty String as Null Specifies how empty strings in the activity’s input elements should be handled. Selecting this check box sends the nulls to the database where empty strings are supplied. Empty strings are treated as zero-length strings, when this check box is not selected. Whether you use this field or not, you can still use XPath to set input elements explicitly to null.
Note: Many databases treat empty strings and nulls as the same, so this field does not affect how the database interprets empty strings.
Process In Subsets Selecting this check box specifies that you want to process the result set in smaller batches rather than processing the entire result set at once. When this check box is selected, the subsetSize input element is displayed for you to specify the size of each batch of records you want to process. Also, the lastSubset output element is displayed and is set to true when the last batch of records is being processed.

Not selecting this check box returns the whole result set.


The following is the input for the activity.

Input Item Datatype Description
ServerTimeZone string Specifies the time zone for the database server.
timeout number The time (in seconds) to wait for the query to complete. If the query does not complete in the given time limit, an error is returned.
maxRows number The maximum number of rows to retrieve. To retrieve all rows, specify 0.


The following is the output of the activity.

Output Item Datatype Description
resultSet complex The root class for the output of the JDBC Query activity. This class contains all output items for the activity.
Record complex The result of the database query. The contents of the Record element depends upon the columns returned by the query.


The Fault tab lists the possible exceptions thrown by this activity.

Fault Thrown When..
JDBCConnectionNotFoundException An error occurred when attempting to connect to the specified database.
InvalidTimeZoneException An invalid time zone was specified.
JDBCSQLException An SQL error occurred.
LoginTimedOutException A timeout has occurred while attempting to connect to the database.
InvalidSQLTypeException A parameter’s datatype does not match the datatype of the table column.
DuplicatedFieldNameException A duplicate field name was specified.
ActivityTimedOutException The operation has timed out.