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A logging wrapper around PreparedStatement to provide detailed info upon error

Posted by Jakub Holý on May 23, 2009

In my java web application I use JDBC to store data in batches into a database. When there is a problem the whole batch insert fails and it’s difficult to find out what data caused it to fail. Therefore I’ve created a wrapper around PreparedStatement that remembers values passed into the various set* methods and can provide a comma-separated listing of all rows in the batch upon failure.

This is my LoggingStatementDecorator that stores values for later logging; based on java.lang.reflect.Proxy:

package eu.ibacz.example;

import java.lang.reflect.InvocationHandler;
import java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException;
import java.lang.reflect.Method;
import java.lang.reflect.Proxy;
import java.sql.PreparedStatement;
import java.util.LinkedList;
import java.util.List;

 * Remember values passed into a sql statement via setString etc. for later logging. 
class LoggingStatementDecorator implements InvocationHandler {
    /** File's Subversion info (version etc.). */
    public static final String SVN_ID = "$id$";
    private List<List<Object>> batch = new LinkedList<List<Object>>();
    private List<Object> currentRow = new LinkedList<Object>();
    private PreparedStatement target;
    private boolean failed = false;
    public LoggingStatementDecorator(PreparedStatement target) {
        if (target == null) throw new IllegalArgumentException("'target' can't be null."); = target;

     // @see java.lang.reflect.InvocationHandler#invoke(java.lang.Object, java.lang.reflect.Method, java.lang.Object[]) */
    public Object invoke(Object proxy, Method method, Object[] args)
            throws Throwable {
        final Object result; 
        try {
            result = method.invoke(target, args);
            failed = false;
        } catch (InvocationTargetException e) {
            failed = true;
            throw e.getTargetException();
        } catch (Exception e) {
            failed = true;
            throw e;
        if ( method.getName().startsWith("setNull") 
                && (args.length >=1 && Integer.TYPE == method.getParameterTypes()[0] ) ) {
            handleSetSomething((Integer) args[0], null);
        } else if ( method.getName().startsWith("set") 
                && (args.length >=2 && Integer.TYPE == method.getParameterTypes()[0] ) ) {
            handleSetSomething((Integer) args[0], args[1]);
        } else if ("addBatch".equals(method.getName())) {
        return result;
    private void handleSetSomething(int index, Object value) {
    private void handleAddBatch() {
        currentRow = new LinkedList<Object>();
    public List<List<Object>> getValues() {
        return batch;
    public PreparedStatement getTarget() { return target; }
    /** Has the last method called on the Statement caused an exception? */
    public boolean isFailed() { return failed; }
    public String toString() { return "LoggingHandler[failed="+failed+"]"; }
    /** Values as comma-separated values. */
    public String getValuesAsCsv() {
        StringBuilder csv = new StringBuilder();
        for (List<Object> row : getValues()) {
            for (Object field : row) {
                // Escape Strings
                if (field instanceof String) {
                    field = "'" + ((String) field).replaceAll("'", "''") + "'";
        return csv.toString();
    } /* getValuesAsCsv */
    public PreparedStatement createProxy() {
        return (PreparedStatement) Proxy.newProxyInstance(
                new Class[] { PreparedStatement.class },

And this is how you use it:

        // ...
        PreparedStatement stmt = null;
        try {
            LoggingStatementDecorator stmtHandler = new LoggingStatementDecorator( connection.prepareStatement("insert into mytable values(?,?)") );
            stmt =  stmtHandler.createProxy();
            // add data to the batch
            for(int i=0; i<10; ++i) {
                stmt.setInt(1, i);
                stmt.setString(2, "Row number " + i);
        } catch (SQLException e) {
            // ... some rollback etc.
            LoggingStatementDecorator stmtHandler = (LoggingStatementDecorator)
                    ((stmt instanceof Proxy)? Proxy.getInvocationHandler(stmt) : null);
                // TODO include the insert sql in the log!!!
                StringBuilder log = new StringBuilder();
                log = buildFailureInfo("mytable", stmtHandler, log);
                LOG.error("Failure while processing data:" + log, e);

    private StringBuilder buildFailureInfo(String table, LoggingStatementDecorator stmtHandler, StringBuilder details) {
        if (stmtHandler != null && stmtHandler.isFailed()) {
            // Already insertion of records failed
            details.append("\nInsert of records failed. Table=").append(table)
                .append("), values=[\n").append(stmtHandler.getValuesAsCsv()).append("]");
        return details;
    } /* buildFailureInfo */

When an excepion occures, you get nice log that shall tell you all you need to detect the problem or reproduce it.

Fotnote: Of course I could have perhaps used the open-source P6Spy but I’m afraid it would log more than I need (I believe it to be bound to a data source, not a particular webapp’s PreparedStatement).

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A new release 0.30 of MiniPauker, a J2ME flashcard learning application

Posted by Jakub Holý on May 23, 2009

I’ve just released MiniPauker v0.30, a J2ME application for learning vocabulary etc.

MiniPauker is like Pauker a generic flashcard learning
program, but written in J2ME for the use with mobile devices which
support J2ME with MIDP2 and JSR-75. MiniPauker is compatible with
Pauker (import/export).

What’s new:

  • Added "repeat new", i.e. repeat unlearned cards = card’s you haven’t learned using the application. Good if you have actually learned them elsewhere as I often do.
  • Used often with "repeat new", you can select in the preferences that you want the cards to be presented in a random order rather than always in the same (usually alphabetical) one.
  • Support for reading files on Siemens mobiles that don’t support the FileConnection API but have their custom file access. The file must be named lessons.pau.gz and be stored in the top folder.
  • If your mobile doesn’t support file access, you can embed a lesson file directly in the application.
  • Added help with detailed instructions for various functions of the app.
  • Hopefully an improvement of keys allocation so it should be easier to use the app.
  • Reading of stored session loads first 100 cards and then continues in the background (loading in chunks of 100 ) so that you can start working with those loaded so far. Good for slow phones like Siemens CX65, Siemens ME75. You can check the progress in main menu > statistics.

MiniPauker has been originally and mostly developed by Markus Brosch.

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