Retrieving Field Values using res.get*() Methods

This section describes how to retrieve field values of the current row in the ResultSet object with the res.get*() methods.

Once the result set is captured in an object, you can think of it as a "table" with rows and columns (fields). As shown in the previous tutorial, you can use to loop through each row. Then use res.get*() methods to retrieve field values of the current row by giving the field name or field position as shown below:

type value = res.getType(i); // retrieve by position
   // position value starts from 1

type value = res.getType(name); // retrieve by name

The tutorial Java program below shows you how to list tables in the current database. Multiple attributes of each table are retrieved and displayed:

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import java.sql.*;
public class GetFieldValues {
  public static void main(String [] args) {
    Connection con = null;
    try {

// Obtaining a connection to SQL Server
      con = DriverManager.getConnection(
        + "user=herong;password=T0pSecret;"
        + "database=AdventureWorks2019");

// Getting field values
      Statement sta = con.createStatement();
      ResultSet res = sta.executeQuery(
        "SELECT * FROM  sys.objects"
        + " WHERE type_desc='USER_TABLE'");
      System.out.println("User Tables:");
      while ( {
        String name = res.getString("name");
        int id = res.getInt(2);
        String type = res.getString(7);
        System.out.println("   "+name+", "+id+", "+type);

    } catch (Exception e) {

If you run this example program, you will get something like:

herong> java -cp .;mssql-jdbc-9.4.1.jre16.jar GetFieldValues

   BuildVersion, 5575058, USER_TABLE
   Address, 37575172, USER_TABLE
   Customer, 85575343, USER_TABLE
   CustomerAddress, 149575571, USER_TABLE
   Product, 197575742, USER_TABLE
   ProductCategory, 309576141, USER_TABLE
   ProductDescription, 357576312, USER_TABLE
   ProductModel, 405576483, USER_TABLE
   ProductModelProductDescription, 453576654, USER_TABLE
   SalesOrderDetail, 501576825, USER_TABLE
   SalesOrderHeader, 613577224, USER_TABLE
   ErrorLog, 2073058421, USER_TABLE

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) Introduction

 JDK (Java SE) Installation

 Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition

 Microsoft JDBC Driver for SQL Server

Microsoft JDBC Driver - Query Statements and Result Sets

 Commonly Used JDBC Class Methods

 Calling createStatement() and executeQuery

 Receiving ResultSet Objects from executeQuery

 Closing ResultSet Objects - res.close()

 Looping through ResultSet with

Retrieving Field Values using res.get*() Methods

 Using ResultSetMetaData Objects to List All Fields

 Microsoft JDBC Driver - DatabaseMetaData Object

 Microsoft JDBC Driver - DDL Statements

 Microsoft JDBC Driver - DML Statements

 SQL Server - PreparedStatement

 SQL Server CLOB (Character Large Object) - TEXT

 SQL Server BLOB (Binary Large Object) - BLOB

 Using Connection Pool with JDBC

 JDBC-ODBC Bridge Driver - sun.jdbc.odbc.JdbcOdbcDriver

 JDBC-ODBC Bridge Driver - Flat Text Files

 JDBC-ODBC Bridge Driver - MS Access

 JDBC-ODBC Bridge Driver - MS SQL Server

 Archived Tutorials


 Full Version in PDF/EPUB