Re: ResultSet and String array

Jean-Baptiste Nizet <>
Tue, 23 Feb 2010 00:21:53 +0100
cleanair4me a ?crit :

In Tomcat 6.0.20 I am attempting to create an Oracle 9i resultset that
outputs as a String array and need help creating the method.

The CityData method will be called in the CityServlet:
String [] cityArray = cityData.getCityList();

Please help me with my attempt in the CityData class. Here is what I
have so far and not sure how to get a String array resultset.

What happens when you try compiling the class containing this snippet?
Have you tried? Do you have error messages? What do they say? Have you
tried to understand them?

I'll give you some hints below.

public ArrayList<String> getCityList()

What do you want to return from your method? An array of Strings
(String[]), or a list of Strings (List<String>). The two types are not
the same, and are not interchangeable. You should almost never return an
ArrayList<String>. The caller doesn't have to know that the method uses
the ArrayList kind of List. Knowing that it returns a List<String> is
sufficient, and you might want, in the future, to change the
implementation to LinkedList<String> for example without affecting the

     try {
          //resultset, stmt and sql here....

What is the code hidden behind these comments? Does it compile? Do you
master it?

          ArrayList<String> citys = new ArrayList<String>();

You should declare the variable this way:

List<String> cities = new ArrayList<String>();

Once again, use the interface type rather than the concrete type. And
use correct English: your code will be easier to uderstand and maintain.

          String [] cityArray = citys.toArray(new

If you want to return a List<String>, why do you transform the list into
an array? It's not useful.
If you want to return an array, the variable pointing to the array
should be in the same scope (or a larger scope) than the return
statement. So you might want to either place the return statement inside
the try block, or declare the cityArray variable outside the try block.


You have a try block, but without any catch or finally block. This is
not valid in Java.

     return cityArray;

If you really want helpful answers, provide all the code, tell what you
have tried and what you have got.
But honestly, given the code you have shown us, I think you should try
to master the Java syntax with small and simple exercises before trying
to use APIs as complex as the generic collections framework and JDBC.


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