Play in action – Connect with MySQL Database

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                      In this article we will discuss how to integrate “Play with MySQL“. In this article I am using Play 2.4.2 and MySQL 5.5.11. Follow the below steps to setup Play with MySQL.

Step1: As a first step create a database in MySQL by following the below SQL commands(Expecting you have installed MySQL in your machine already).

CREATE USER 'play_java'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'play_java123';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON play_mysql.* TO 'play_java'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Here, I have created a database called play_mysql  with username play_java and the password is play_java123

Step 2: Create a table to store the information. Here we want to store student information. So creating “Student” table.


Step 3: As we are using MySQL as the database, we need to add MySQL Java Connector as the library dependency to the project. The library dependencies will be added to “build.sbt” available under root project folder.

Play Library Dependencies

Step 4: Its time to mention the MySQL data source connection details in the “application.conf” available under <root_project_folder> –> conf.

# Database configuration
# ~~~~~
# You can declare as many datasources as you want.
# By convention, the default datasource is named `default`
db.default.initSQL="SELECT 1"

There are other JDBC settings available. You can explore the same here.

Step 4: Now we will try to get the database connection.

Play JDBC Connection

Step 5: Its time to write the controller code and the DAO code to save the student information. Below is the sequence diagram to depict the components interaction.

Play Controller DAO Sequence Diagram

 The StudentController’s saveStudent method implementation is given below.

 * This method saves the student.
 * @return - The available students in map with JSON representation
 public Result saveStudent() {
    JsonNode json = request().body().asJson();
    Logger.debug(&quot;json&quot; + json.toString());
    try {
      return ok(&quot;Student information is successfully saved&quot;);
     } catch (SQLException sqlException) {
        Logger.error(&quot;Some thing went wrong while saving the student information&quot;, sqlException);
       return status(500, &quot;Some went wrong while saving the student information&quot;);

The StudentDAO’s saveStudent method implementation is given below.

 * This method will save the student information into &quot;STUDENT&quot; table
 * @param student to save
 * @throws SQLException 
 public static void saveStudent(Student student) throws SQLException {
     Connection con = null;
     try {
        con = DB.getConnection();
        Logger.debug(&quot;The student information is getting saved&quot;);
        String insertStudentSQL = &quot;INSERT INTO STUDENT(USER_NAME, FIRST_NAME, LAST_NAME, AGE) VALUES(?,?,?,?)&quot;;
        PreparedStatement pstmt = con.prepareStatement(insertStudentSQL);
        pstmt.setString(1, student.getUserName());
        pstmt.setString(2, student.getFirstName());
        pstmt.setString(3, student.getLastName());
        pstmt.setString(4, student.getAge());
        Logger.debug(&quot;The student information is successfully saved&quot;);
      } finally {
        if (con != null) {

The source code created as part of this article is available on github.

Play With MySQL

I am Siva Prasad Rao Janapati. Working as a software developer. Has hands on experience on ATG Commerce(DAS/DPS/DCS), Mozu commerce, Broadleaf Commerce, Java, JEE, Spring, Play, JPA, Hibernate, Velocity, JMS, Jboss, Weblogic,Tomcat, Jetty, Apache, Apache Solr, Spring Batch, JQuery, NodeJS, SOAP, REST, MySQL, Oracle, Mongo DB, Memcached, HazelCast, Git, SVN, CVS, Ant, Maven, Gradle, Amazon Web services, Rackspace, Quartz, JMeter, Junit, Open NLP, Facebook Graph,Twitter4J, YouTube Gdata, Bazzarvoice,Yotpo, 4-Tell, Alatest, Shopzilla, Linkshare. I have hands on experience on open sources and commercial technologies.

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