Java Object Support

Java aware databases support storing Java objects in the database natively. Most relational databases are not Java aware. SQLUnit provides a way to handle serialized Java Objects as first class Java Objects by storing them as BLOB columns. This is a little different from storing native database objects stored in Object Relational Databases as discussed in the section Handling Object Output from ORDBMS. Java Objects are populated, then serialized and the bytecode generated are then stored in the database as BLOBs. When they are returned in the resultset of a stored procedure or SQL call, they can be automatically stringified using the Object's toString() method. The only requirements for the Object being stored are that it must implement and override the default Object.toString() method.

Here is a contrived example. Suppose you wanted to store a permission object in a user table, to indicate which user had access to what system resources. You could create a Dictionary Object which contained a Map of resource names to permission. So you would create a Dictionary class which implements the interface and whose toString() method you would override to create a compact but readable String representation. The source code for the Dictionary object is available at test/ You would then have your application populate these objects for different users and store them in the database. The source code for the JUnit class which simulates this behavior is available at test/ The JUnit class also creates several other files in order to run the MySQL SQLUnit tests. See the README file for details on how to run the test.