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From Kris Schneider <>
Subject Re: question about standard taglib sql
Date Tue, 14 Mar 2006 19:58:36 GMT
Jerry wrote:
> Steven F. Bell <sbell <at>> writes:
>>I am using the standard taglib sql tag to query a database and large 
>>text fields are coming back like:
>>net.sourceforge.jtds.jdbc.ClobImpl <at> 94aa42
>>What could be causing this, and is there any means to correct it, and 
>>get the proper text back?

JSTL will use ResultSet.getObject to retrieve your results. In some cases, 
this will result in a Clob. If you're using JSP 2.0, you might consider 
creating an EL function to process the Clob into a string. Or you could 
take a bean-based approach that will also work with earlier version of JSP. 
Obviously, a scriptlet will also get the job done. The simplest way to 
convert a Clob into a String is:

long length = theClob.length();
String s = theClob.getSubString(0, (int)length);

Of course, that might not work depending on the length of the Clob, so 
there are other ways to stream the Clob data:

Reader in = theClob.getCharacterStream();

>>Also, the results in the tag are alphabetical a-z, can this order be 
>>changed around to match the field order in the database?

You might want to look at using Result.getRowsByIndex instead of 
Result.getRows to iterate through your results:

<c:forEach var="row" items="${results.rowsByIndex}">
   <c:forEach var="col" items="${row}">

Result.getRowsByIndex returns an Object[][] instance where the first 
dimension is a row index and the second dimension is a column index.

I hope that's right, it's been a while since I've been able to play with 
JSP/JSTL stuff...

> Hi,
> I had the same problem because i used the datatype ntext of text of a sql server
> database. 
> Using varchar instead of text resolved my problem.
> Hope this helps,
> Jerry

Kris Schneider <>
D.O.Tech       <>

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