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developerWorks: Embedding a Relational Database Server into Eclipse, Part 2

Dec 17, 2003, 07:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Fernando Lozano)

"The hypersonic SQL database, whose official name was later changed to HSQLDB, is a pure-Java embedded relational database server that you can use in stand-alone mode (using direct file access) or in client/server mode, accepting many concurrent users. Although not as powerful as DB2 and not as popular as MySQL, HSQLDB can satisfy the needs of a wide range of Java applications, because of its extensibility and low memory/processor requirements.

"HSQLDB is a convenient Java development database because it features a rich subset of Structured Query Language (SQL), and because Java programmers won't need to install a processor, memory, and disk-hungry database server into their development workstation. It's an ideal tool for integration into the Eclipse IDE, providing useful tools for both novice and experienced developers.

"This article and the ones to follow in this series will show you how to build a set of Eclipse plug-ins that bring HSQLDB into the Eclipse Workbench. You'll see a real-world example of how to develop such a plug-in, considering API and user interface (UI) issues, and also how to evaluate alternative ways to bring desired functionality to a user. This article assumes you are using the Eclipse SDK distribution, not the Platform Runtime-Binary plus JDT. The latter would be well suited if the goal were just to develop a regular Java application..."

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