Howto: PostgreSQL data source in JDeveloper/OC4J

Today I had to create a postgres connection pool in JDeveloper’s embedded oc4j container. JDeveloper being the horrible piece of software that it is, and its documentation being rather lacking, this took a lot longer than it should have. The pretty GUI wizards aren’t able to pull it off either — these measly conjurers really aren’t worthy of the name.

The biggest hurdly was postgres’ connection pool not being happy with just a jdbc URL. Instead it expects a hostname, port number and database name. These things are all in the jdbc url, but never mind, that would’ve been too simple. After reading through the XSD for data-sources.xml, I realised that there’s an option to provide custom properties to the factory. Quite simple really. A connection pool definition looks something like this:

<connection-pool name="myPool" disable-server-connection-pooling="false">
		user="postgres" password="1234"
		<property name="serverName" value="localhost" />
		<property name="portNumber" value="5432" />
		<property name="databaseName" value="db" />
<managed-data-source name="dataSource" jndi-name="jdbc/postgresDS" connection-pool-name="myPool" />

Once this is done, all that’s left to do is place the postgres driver JAR in the j2ee/home/applib folder in your JDeveloper folder. If you don’t place it there, you’ll get very nice class not found errors.

That’s it. Not very hard at all!

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