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October 25, 2009

Groovy Goodness: Groovy SQL

Groovy has powerful SQL support to work with in our scripts and classes. It is all based on JDBC, but so much easier to code. For example to create a connection to a database we only need one line of code and we get a powerful object in return. With this object we can run queries and SQL statements to manipulate data. In this post we look at the basic SQL support in Groovy. In a next post we learn a more powerful Groovy SQL feature: DataSets.

In the following code snippet we are accessing a MySQL database with the name groovy. Both username and password for the database are groovy and MySQL is running on localhost and port 3306 (is default port).

import groovy.sql.*

def username = 'groovy', password = 'groovy', database = 'groovy', server = 'localhost'

// Create connection to MySQL with classic JDBC DriverManager.
def db = Sql.newInstance("jdbc:mysql://$server/$database", username, password, 'com.mysql.jdbc.Driver')

// Or we can create a connection with a DataSource (also via JNDI possible)
def ds = new com.mysql.jdbc.jdbc2.optional.MysqlDataSource(
    databaseName: database, user: username, password: password, serverName: server
assert 'jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/groovy' == ds.url
def dbDS = new Sql(ds)

// Create a new table
db.execute 'drop table if exists languages'
// We can use multi-line strings to create readable SQL in our code.
db.execute '''
    create table languages(
        id integer not null auto_increment,
        name varchar(20) not null,
        primary key(id)

// Fill table with data in different ways.
// First a normal statement.
db.execute 'insert into languages values(null, "Groovy")'
assert 1 == db.updateCount
// String with extra parameters will become a prepared statement.
db.execute 'insert into languages values(null, ?)', ['Java']
assert 1 == db.updateCount
// GString will become a prepared statement.
def langValue = 'JRuby'
db.execute "insert into languages values(null, $langValue)"
assert 1 == db.updateCount

// With executeInsert we get the generated id(s) back.
def insertedIds = db.executeInsert 'insert into languages values(null, "Scalaa")'
assert 4 == insertedIds[0][0]

// executeUpdate return number of rows affected.
def old = 'Scalaa', new = 'Scala'
def updated = db.executeUpdate "update languages set name=$new where name=$old"
assert 1 == updated

// Now let's get data from the table Groovy style.
// With rows we get a list of GroovyResultSet objects and this means we can
// use column names to access data in a row.
def all = db.rows('select * from languages')
assert 4 == all.size()
assert ['Groovy', 'Java', 'JRuby', 'Scala'] == all.collect{ }
assert ['Groovy', 'JRuby'] == all.findAll{ ~= /y/ }

// With eachRow we can use a closure to do something with each row.
// The closure parameter is also of type GroovyResultSet.
def maxId = 3
db.eachRow("select id, name from languages where id < $maxId") { row ->
    if ( == 1) assert 'Groovy' ==
    if ( == 2) assert 'Java' ==
db.eachRow("select name from language where name=?", ['Java']) { 
    assert 'Java' ==

def countRows = db.firstRow("select count(*) as numberOfRows from languages")
assert 4 == countRows.numberOfRows