Java DataBase Connectivity
Officially JDBC is not an acronym. However to all intents and purposes it stands for Java DataBase Connectivity. This is the mechanism by which relational databases are accessed in Java. Java is an (almost) pure object-oriented language, however. Although there are some object-oriented databases available, many database systems presently in commercial use are relational. It is therefore necessary for any object-oriented language which is to be used for commercial development to provide an interface to such databases. However, each database vendor provides their own proprietary (and different) API. In many cases they are little more than variations on a theme, but they tend to be incompatible. This means that if you were to write a program which was designed to interface with one database system, it is unlikely that it would automatically work with another.
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