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From "M. Le Bihan (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (SIS-180) Place a crude JDBC driver over Dbase files
Date Sun, 05 Oct 2014 19:04:33 GMT
M. Le Bihan created SIS-180:

             Summary: Place a crude JDBC driver over Dbase files
                 Key: SIS-180
             Project: Spatial Information Systems
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Storage
    Affects Versions: 0.5
            Reporter: M. Le Bihan
            Priority: Minor

It would be useful to be able to query DBF content through SQL.
But there are no free drivers available for the old _Dbase 3_ format.

The first step is to create short implementations of _Connection_, _Statement_, _ResultSet_,
_ResultSetMetadata_ interfaces for a JDBC using our _Database_ class as core binary loader
at the begining.

The main difficulty is to respond to a SQL request, and first : being able to analyze it to
understand what is expected.
The SQL request analysis is a very strong job, but I suggest to ease it a lot by relying on
_AntLR_ API for grammar analysis, associated with a BNF grammar file, maybe taken from ^1^
or from elsewhere (grammars are of public domain).

The goal of this current JIRA is only to be able to perform a 
_SELECT * FROM <shapefile layer name>_
The WHERE clause or the selection of fields, will come later in other JIRA.

No transactions, classic _Statement_ only.
_PreparedStatement_ would be also implemented later (another JIRA).

Of course, this improvment can be discarded if an open source or free driver is discovered,
that would allow us to execute SQL requests on DBase 3 easily.

^1^ For example, [] has some BNF, but maybe elsewhere they will
more compliant with AntLR.

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