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Auto data type conversion

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Many native SQL data types can be automatically converted from one another, such as VARCHAR to INTEGER and vice versa.

The jOOQ API also supports a variety of such auto conversions through the org.jooq.tools.Convert utility API, which implements the following rules:

  • null is always converted to null, or the primitive default value, or Optional.empty(), regardless of the target type.
  • Identity conversion (converting a value to its own type) is always possible.
  • Primitive types can be converted to their wrapper types and vice versa
  • All types can be converted to String
  • All types can be converted to Object
  • All Number types can be converted to other Number types
  • All Number or String types can be converte to Boolean. Possible (case-insensitive) values for true:
    • 1
    • 1.0
    • y
    • yes
    • true
    • on
    • enabled

    Possible (case-insensitive) values for false:
    • 0
    • 0.0
    • n
    • no
    • false
    • off
    • disabled

    All other values evaluate to null
  • All java.util.Date subtypes (java.sql.Date, java.sql.Time, java.sql.Timestamp), as well as most java.time.temporal.Temporal subtypes (java.time.LocalDate, java.time.LocalTime, java.time.LocalDateTime, java.time.OffsetTime, java.time.OffsetDateTime, as well as java.time.Instant) can be converted into each other.
  • byte[] can be converted into String, using the platform's default charset
  • Object[] can be converted into any other array type, if array elements can be converted, too

This auto conversion can be applied explicitly, but is also available through a variety of API, in particular anywhere a java.lang.Class reference can be provided, such as:

Record record = ...
int i = record.get(0, int.class);
String s = record.get(1, String.class);
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