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Subpages: 1. JTable  
Stocks Table: part I - Basic JTable example 
Stocks Table: part II - Custom renderers 
4. Stocks Table: part III - Data formatting 
5. Stocks Table: part IV - Sorting columns 
Stocks Table: part V - JDBC
Stocks Table: part VI - Column addition and removal
Expense report application
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18.6  Stocks Table: part V - JDBC

Despite all of our sorting functionality and enhanced data display, our application is still quite boring because it displays only data for a pre-defined day! Of course, in the real world we need to connect such an application to the source of fresh information such as a database. Very often tables are used to display data retrieved from databases, or to edit data to be stored in databases. In this section we show how to feed our StocksTable data extracted from a database using the Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) API.

First, we need to create the database. We chose to use two SQL tables (do not confuse SQL table with JTable) whose structure precisely corresponds to the market data structure described in section 18.2:


Field Name            Type

symbol                   Text

name                       Text

Table DATA

Field Name            Type

symbol                   Text

date1                      Date/Time

last                          Number

change                   Number

changeproc           Number

open                       Number

volume                   Number

For this example we use the JDBC-ODBC bridge which is a standard part of JDK since the 1.1 release and links Java programs to Microsoft Access databases. If you are using another database engine, you can work with this example as well, but you must make sure that the structure of your tables is the same. Before running the example in a Windows environment we need to register a database in an ODBC Data Source Administrator which is accessible through the Control Panel (this is not a JDBC tutorial, so we'll skip the details).

Figure 18.5 Retrieving stock data from a database for display in JTable.

<<file figure18-5.gif>>

The Code: StocksTable.java

see \Chapter18\5

import java.awt.*;

import java.awt.event.*;

import java.util.*;

import java.io.*;

import java.text.*;

import java.sql.*;

import javax.swing.*;

import javax.swing.border.*;

import javax.swing.event.*;

import javax.swing.table.*;

public class StocksTable extends JFrame


  protected JTable m_table;

  protected StockTableData m_data;

  protected JLabel m_title;

  public StocksTable() {

    // Unchanged code from section 18.4

    JMenuBar menuBar = createMenuBar();


    // Unchanged code


  protected JMenuBar createMenuBar() {

    JMenuBar menuBar = new JMenuBar();

    JMenu mFile = new JMenu("File");


    JMenuItem mData = new JMenuItem("Retrieve Data...");


    ActionListener lstData = new ActionListener() {

      public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {







    JMenuItem mExit = new JMenuItem("Exit");


    ActionListener lstExit = new ActionListener() {

      public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e) {







    return menuBar;


  public void retrieveData() {

    SimpleDateFormat frm = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy");

    String currentDate = frm.format(m_data.m_date);

    String result = (String)JOptionPane.showInputDialog(this,

      "Please enter date in form mm/dd/yyyy:", "Input",

      JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE, null, null,


    if (result==null)


    java.util.Date date = null;

    try {

      date = frm.parse(result);


    catch (java.text.ParseException ex) {

      date = null;


    if (date == null) {


        result+" is not a valid date",

        "Warning", JOptionPane.WARNING_MESSAGE);



    setCursor( Cursor.getPredefinedCursor(Cursor.WAIT_CURSOR) );

    switch (m_data.retrieveData(date)) {

      case 0:    // Ok with data


        m_table.tableChanged(new TableModelEvent(m_data));



      case 1: // No data


          "No data found for "+result,

          "Warning", JOptionPane.WARNING_MESSAGE);


      case -1: // Error


          "Error retrieving data",

          "Warning", JOptionPane.WARNING_MESSAGE);





  public static void main(String argv[]) {

    new StocksTable();



// Unchanged code from section 18.4

class StockTableData extends AbstractTableModel


  static final public ColumnData m_columns[] = {

    // Unchanged code from section 18.2


  protected SimpleDateFormat m_frm;

  protected Vector m_vector;

  protected java.util.Date m_date; // conflict with

  protected int m_sortCol = 0;

  protected boolean m_sortAsc = true;

  protected int m_result = 0;

  public StockTableData() {

    m_frm = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy");

    m_vector = new Vector();



  // Unchanged code from section 18.4

  public int retrieveData(final java.util.Date date) {

    GregorianCalendar calendar = new GregorianCalendar();


    int month = calendar.get(Calendar.MONTH)+1;

    int day = calendar.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH);

    int year = calendar.get(Calendar.YEAR);

    final String query = "SELECT data.symbol, symbols.name, "+

      "data.last, data.open, data.change, data.changeproc, "+

      "data.volume FROM DATA INNER JOIN SYMBOLS "+

      "ON DATA.symbol = SYMBOLS.symbol WHERE "+

      "month(data.date1)="+month+" AND day(data.date1)="+day+

      " AND year(data.date1)="+year;

    Thread runner = new Thread() {

      public void run() {

        try {

          // Load the JDBC-ODBC bridge driver


          Connection conn = DriverManager.getConnection(

            "jdbc:odbc:Market", "admin", "");

          Statement stmt = conn.createStatement();

          ResultSet results = stmt.executeQuery(query);

          boolean hasData = false;

          while (results.next()) {

            if (!hasData) {


              hasData = true;


            String  symbol = results.getString(1);

            String  name = results.getString(2);

            double  last = results.getDouble(3);

            double  open = results.getDouble(4);

            double  change = results.getDouble(5);

            double  changePr = results.getDouble(6);

            long volume = results.getLong(7);

            m_vector.addElement(new StockData(symbol, name, last,

              open, change, changePr, volume));





          if (!hasData)    // We've got nothing

            m_result = 1;


        catch (Exception e) {


          System.err.println("Load data error: "+e.toString());

          m_result = -1;


        m_date = date;


          new StockComparator(m_sortCol, m_sortAsc));

        m_result = 0;




    return m_result;


  // Unchanged code from section 18.4


// Class StockComparator unchanged from section 18.4

Understanding the Code

Class StocksTable

A JMenuBar instance is created with our custom createMenuBar() method and added to our frame.

The createMenuBar() method creates a menu bar containing a single menu titled "File." Two menu items are added: "Retrieve Data..." and "Exit" with a separator in between. Anonymous ActionListeners are added to each. The first calls our custom retrieveData() method, and the second simply kills the application using System.exit(0).

The retrieveData() method is called in response to a "Retrieve Data..." menu item activation. First it prompts the user to enter the date by displaying a JOptionPane dialog. Once the date has been entered, this method parses it using a SimpleDateFormat object. If the entered string cannot be parsed into a valid date, the method shows a warning message and returns. Otherwise, we connect to JDBC and retrieve new data. To indicate that the program will be busy for some time the wait mouse cursor is displayed. The main job is performed by our new StockTableData retrieveData() method (see below), which is invoked on the m_data object. StockTableData's retrieveData() method returns an error code that the rest of this method depends on:

0: Normal finish, some data retrieved. The table model is updated and repainted.

1: Normal finish, no data retrieved. A warning message is displayed, and no changes in the table model are made.

-1: An error has occurred. An error message is displayed, and no changes in the table model are made.

Class StockTableData

First, a minor change is required in the declaration of the m_date variable. Since now we've imported the java.sql package, which also includes the Date class, we have to do provide the fully qualified calls name java.util.Date.

A new instance variable is added to store the result of a data retrieval request in the retrieveData() method. As mentioned above, retrieveData() retrieves a table's data for a given date of trade. Our implementation uses the JDBC bridge driver and should be familiar to JDBC-aware readers. The first thing we do is construct an SQL statement. Since we cannot compare a java.util.Date object and an SQL date stored in the database, we have to extract the date's components (year, month, and day) and compare them separately. An instance of GregorianCalendar is used to manipulate the date object.

We load the JDBC-ODBC bridge driver to Microsoft Access by using the Class.forName method, and then connect to a database with the DriverManager.getConnection() method. If no exception is thrown, we can create a Statement instance for the newly created Connection object and retrieve a ResultSet by executing the previously constructed query.

While new data is available (checked with the ResultSet.next() method), we retrieve new data using basic getXX() methods, create a new StockData instance to encapsulate the new data, and add it to m_vector.

Note how the hasData local variable is used to distinguish the case in which we do not have any data in our RecordSet. The first time we receive some valid data from our RecordSet in the while loop, we set this variable to true and clean up our m_vector collection. If no data is found, we have an unchanged initial vector and the hasData flag is set to false. Finally we close our ResultSet, Statement, and Connection instances. If any exception occurs, the method prints the exception trace and returns a -1 to indicate an error. Otherwise our newly retrieved data is sorted with the Collections.sort() method and a 0 is returned to indicate success.

Running the Code

Figure 18.6 shows StocksTable with data retrieved from a database. Try loading data for different dates in your database. A sample Microsoft Access database, market.mdb, containing some real market data, can be found in the \swing\Chapter18 directory.

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