Database Operations Using C Driver

In a NuoDB C client application, the common database operations you will want to perform are:

Connecting to a Database

To perform persistent work, you must establish a connection to a NuoDB database. You do this by obtaining a connection handle as in the following example:

NuoDB_Connection* connectDB(const char* dbName)
    NuoDB_Connection* connection = NULL;
    NuoDB_Options* options = NULL;
    connection = NuoDB_Connection_Create();
    options = NuoDB_Options_Create();
    options->add(options, "schema", "hello");
                                           "dba", /* username */
                                           "goalie",  /* password */
    /* disable auto-commit mode */
    connection->setAutoCommit(connection, NUODB_FALSE);
    return connection;

The NuoDB_Connection type is the client's handle that represents a connection to a NuoDB database.

The NuoDB_Options type represents a set of connection options.

The openDatabase() function takes the following arguments:

Closing a Database Connection

When you are finished with the database connection, you should release the database connection resources by calling:


Creating Statements and Prepared Statements

The NuoDB_Statement type lets you create parameterized and non-parameterized statements. The following code uses the NuoDB_Statement type to create a statement that creates the names table.

void createTable(NuoDB_Connection* connection)
    int status = 0;
    NuoDB_Statement* stmt = NULL;
    stmt = NuoDB_Statement_Create(connection);
    status = stmt->executeSQL(stmt,
       "create table names \
        (id bigint generated always as identity primary key, \
        name string)", NUODB_NO_FLAGS);
    if (status != NUODB_SUCCESS) {
        printf("The table 'NAMES' already exists, re-using it.\n");
    } else {
        printf("The table 'NAMES' was created.\n");

Executing SQL Statements

There are two NuoDB_Statement functions for executing SQL statements:

Function Description
executeSQL() Executes a non-parameterized SQL statement in a single request. It returns 0 if successful or an error code if not successful.
execute() Executes a parameterized SQL statement that has been prepared and whose parameters have been bound. It returns 0 if successful or an error code if not successful.

Committing or Rolling Back Transactions

To commit persistent work, you should call the commit() function on the connection type:


To roll back persistent work, you should call the rollback() function on the connection type: