Saturday, October 2, 2010

Scala exercise 1: template method design pattern


As part of my studying with Scala, I have tried to find some exercises to do but most are either too simple or too "academic". So, I decided to create a series of Scala exercises to implement the well known design patterns in an industrial context. Here is the first one: template method.

Problem: Create a Scala class JdbcTemplate that has two template methods: execute() and load(). They will execute a SQL statement and load the query results using JDBC respectively. The methods should open and close the connection, create and close the statement and etc. so that the caller doesn't need to worry about those. For example, the client could use your code like this:

object Test {
def main(args: Array[String]) {
val t = new JdbcTemplate
val ds = () => DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:h2:~/test")
t.execute(ds, "drop table products if exists")
t.execute(ds, "create table products (id long primary key, name varchar(128))")
val insertSql = "insert into products values(?, ?)"
t.execute(ds, insertSql, List(100, "p1")) //the list is the parameters
t.execute(ds, insertSql, List(101, "p2")) //ditto
val ps = t.load[Product](ds, "select * from products", Nil,
{ //this function maps a record into an object
(rs) => new Product(rs.getLong("id"), rs.getString("name"))

//make it a case class so that it can be printed to the console nicely
case class Product(val id: Long, val name: String) {

To make it run, you need to include the h2 database into your classpath. If you use Maven, just add the following to pom.xml:


Note that I am not suggesting that you do this in production code; you'd probably want to use an ORM framework.

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