Type 2 driver


Native-API driver

The JDBC type 2 driver, also known as the Native-API driver. A native-API partly Java technology-enabled driver converts JDBC calls into calls on the client API for DBMSs. Like the bridge driver, this style of driver requires that some binary code be loaded on each client machine. An example of this type of driver is the Oracle Thick Driver, which is also called OCI.

The driver converts JDBC method calls into native calls of the database API. For example: Oracle OCI driver is a type 2 driver.

Advantages for using this type of driver include the following:

● Allows access to almost any database since the databases ODBC drivers are readily available
● Offers significantly better performance than the JDBC/ODBC Bridge
● As there is no implementation of JDBC-ODBC bridge, it may be considerably faster than a Type 1 driver.
● Limited Java feature set

Disadvantages for using this type of driver include the following:

● Applicable Client library must be installed
● The vendor client library needs to be installed on the client machine.
● Not all databases have a client-side library.
● This driver is platform dependent.
● This driver supports all Java applications except applets.
● Type 3 driver-Network-Protocol driver
● Type 2 driver shows lower performance than type 3 or 4

Pure Java driver for database middleware

● This style of driver translates JDBC calls into the middleware vendor's protocol, which is then translated to a DBMS protocol by a middleware server. The middleware provides connectivity to many different databases.
Pros: Better performance than Types 1 and 2. Can be used when a company has multiple databases and wants to use a single JDBC driver to connect to all of them. Server-based, so no need for JDBC driver code on client machine. For performance reasons, the back-end server component is optimized for the operating system on which the database is running.
Cons: Needs some database-specific code on the middleware server. If the middleware must run on different platforms, a Type 4 driver might be more effective.

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