JDBC 4 is the forthcoming release of the Java Database Connectivity API. Currently in Early Draft Review in the JCP (JSR 221), JDBC 4 is a major new release with a strong focus on ease-of-use and programmer productivity. The new JDBC version also introduces support for SQL 2003 data types, including SQL's native XML type. This article surveys the key JDBC 4 features.
rating comment: Great article, giving a good overview of some new features of JBDC 4. I really like the type-safe queries, cause sometimes a fully blown O/R mapping framework is just too much. If you only need a couple of statements, the type-safe queries are a nice alternative.