Jordan Messina Jordan Messina - 10 months ago 53
SQL Question

Java Iterator backed by a ResultSet

I've got a class that implements Iterator with a ResultSet as a data member. Essentially the class looks like this:

public class A implements Iterator{
private ResultSet entities;
public Object next(){;
return new Entity(entities.getString...etc....)

public boolean hasNext(){
//what to do?

How can I check if the ResultSet has another row so I can create a valid hasNext method since ResultSet has no hasNext defined itself? I was thinking doing
query to get the count and managing that number to see if there's another row but I'd like to avoid this.

Answer Source

This is a bad idea. This approach requires that the connection is open the whole time until the last row is read, and outside the DAO layer you never know when it will happen, and you also seem to leave the resultset open and risk resource leaks and application crashes in the case the connection times out. You don't want to have that.

The normal JDBC practice is that you acquire Connection, Statement and ResultSet in the shortest possible scope. The normal practice is also that you map multiple rows into a List or maybe a Map and guess what, they do have an Iterator.

public List<Data> list() throws SQLException {
    List<Data> list = new ArrayList<Data>();

    try (
        Connection connection = database.getConnection();
        Statement statement = connection.createStatement("SELECT id, name, value FROM data");
        ResultSet resultSet = statement.executeQuery();
    ) {
        while ( {

    return list;

private Data map(ResultSet resultSet) throws SQLException {
    Data data = new Data(); 
    return data;

And use it as below:

List<Data> list = dataDAO.list(); 
int count = list.size(); // Easy as that.
Iterator<Data> iterator = list.iterator(); // There is your Iterator.

Do not pass expensive DB resources outside the DAO layer like you initially wanted to do. For more basic examples of normal JDBC practices and the DAO pattern you may find this article useful.