How to Map MySQL’s TINYINT(1) to Boolean in jOOQ

MySQL 8 does not yet support the BOOLEAN type as specified in the SQL standard. There is a DDL "type" called BOOL, which is just an alias for TINYINT: create table t(b bool); select table_name, column_name, data_type, column_type from information_schema.columns where table_name = 't'; The above produces: TABLE_NAME|COLUMN_NAME|DATA_TYPE|COLUMN_TYPE| ----------|-----------|---------|-----------| t |b |tinyint |tinyint(1) | Notice … Continue reading How to Map MySQL’s TINYINT(1) to Boolean in jOOQ

Calling an Oracle Function with PL/SQL BOOLEAN Type from SQL

One of the most wanted features in the Oracle database is the BOOLEAN type. The SQL standard specified it a while ago, and RDBMS like PostgreSQL show how powerful it can be, e.g. when using the EVERY() aggregate function. The PL/SQL language already has support for boolean types. We can write: CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION … Continue reading Calling an Oracle Function with PL/SQL BOOLEAN Type from SQL

jOOQ Tuesdays: Chris Saxon Explains the 3 Things Every Developer Should Know About SQL

Welcome to the jOOQ Tuesdays series. In this series, we’ll publish an article on the third Tuesday every other month (today, exceptionally on a Wednesday because of technical issues) where we interview someone we find exciting in our industry from a jOOQ perspective. This includes people who work with SQL, Java, Open Source, and a … Continue reading jOOQ Tuesdays: Chris Saxon Explains the 3 Things Every Developer Should Know About SQL

Three-State Booleans in Java

Every now and then, I miss SQL's three-valued BOOLEAN semantics in Java. In SQL, we have: TRUE FALSE UNKNOWN (also known as NULL) Every now and then, I find myself in a situation where I wish I could also express this UNKNOWN or UNINITIALISED semantics in Java, when plain true and false aren't enough. Implementing … Continue reading Three-State Booleans in Java

The JDBC Boolean Compatibility List

Interestingly, boolean types have been introduced only late in the SQL standard, namely in SQL:1999. Even today, not all databases natively support BOOLEAN or BIT types. Most importantly, we can still wait for them in Oracle for a while. Here's "Ask Tom"'s point of view from 2002 on the subject: https://asktom.oracle.com/pls/apex/f?p=100:11:0::::P11_QUESTION_ID:6263249199595 Oracle. Why U No … Continue reading The JDBC Boolean Compatibility List

SQL and booleans, some trivia

Some trivia about SQL and booleans: SQL 1992 defines three values for a boolean: <truth value> ::= TRUE | FALSE | UNKNOWN True booleans aren't always supported, though. Here's the truth table of boolean support: SQL Dialect Supports booleans DB2 0 (use 1/0 instead) Derby true (you can safely use true/false) H2 true HSQLDB true … Continue reading SQL and booleans, some trivia