how to check the return value of mysql update statement in JAVA

Problem :

I'm a novice java programmer and here is my code snippet to delete a record based on it's ID.

private void RemovebuttonActionPerformed(java.awt.event.ActionEvent evt) {   

   Connection conn = null;
   Statement stmt = null;
  //STEP 2: Register JDBC driver

  //STEP 3: Open a connection
   System.out.println("Connecting to database...");
   conn = DriverManager.getConnection(DB_URL,USER,PASS);

  //STEP 4: Execute a query
  System.out.println("Creating statement...");
  stmt = conn.createStatement();
  String sql;
  sql="DELETE FROM book_details WHERE book_id="+BookIDvar+"";
  //STEP 6: Clean-up environment


The code is working fine. But i want to check whether if there existed a record with that particular ID. Is there a way to check it using the current code itself? Does Java provide some constructs to check the return value of executUpdate similar to executeQuery?

Solution :


int a = stmt.executeUpdate(sql);

System.out.println(a); // ---> Number of columns the query has manipulated in the database


int executeUpdate(String sql) throws SQLException

Executes the given SQL statement, which may be an INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE statement or an SQL statement that returns nothing, such as an SQL DDL statement.

Note that the executeUpdate(); method return type is "int" i.e it returns the number of columns the query has manipulated in the database

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