MySQL Connector/Java 8.0.9-rc has been released

Dear MySQL users,

MySQL Connector/Java 8.0.9-rc is the first Release Candidate
of the 8.0 branch of MySQL Connector/J, providing an insight into
upcoming features. It is suitable for use with MySQL Server versions
5.5, 5.6, 5.7, and 8.0. It supports the Java Database Connectivity
(JDBC) 4.2 API.

This release includes the following new features and changes, also
described in more detail on

https://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/connector-j/8.0/en/news-8-0-9.html

MySQL Connectors and other MySQL client tools and applications now
synchronize the first digit of their version number with the (highest)
MySQL server version they support.
This change makes it easy and intuitive to decide which client version
to use for which server version.

As always, we recommend that you check the “CHANGES” file in the download
archive to be aware of changes in behavior that might affect your application.

To download MySQL Connector/Java 8.0.9-rc, see the “Development
Releases” tab at http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/j/

Enjoy!

Changes in MySQL Connector/J 8.0.9 (2018-01-30, Release
Candidate)

Functionality Added or Changed

* X DevAPI: In the process of refining the definition of
the X DevAPI to cover the most relevant usage scenarios,
the following API components have been removed from the X
DevAPI implementation for Connector/J:

+ Components that support DDLs for views, including
the createView(), dropView(), and modifyView()
methods.

+ Components that support DDLS for tables, including
the createTable(), dropTable(), and modifyTable()
methods.

+ Components that support session configurations,
including the SessionConfig object, the
PersistenceHandler interface, the PasswordHandler
interface, and the SessionConfigManager class.

* X DevAPI: Added the setSavepoint(), rollbackTo(), and
releaseSavepoint() methods to the Session interface to
support the SAVEPOINT
(http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/savepoint.html),
ROLLBACK TO SAVEPOINT
(http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/savepoint.html),
and RELEASE SAVEPOINT
(http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/savepoint.html)
statements. See MySQL Connector/J X DevAPI Reference
(http://dev.mysql.com/doc/dev/connector-j) for more
details.

* X DevAPI: A new patch() function has been added to the
ModifyStatement interface. The function accepts an
JSON-like object describing document changes and applies
them to documents matched by the modify() filter. See
MySQL Connector/J X DevAPI Reference
(http://dev.mysql.com/doc/dev/connector-j) for more
details.

* X DevAPI: The createIndex() method for the Collection
interface now has a new syntax. See MySQL Connector/J X
DevAPI Reference
(http://dev.mysql.com/doc/dev/connector-j) for more
details.

* X DevAPI: Added the following methods for single-document
operations in the X DevAPI:

+ replaceOne()

+ addOrReplaceOne()

+ getOne()

+ removeOne()
See MySQL Connector/J X DevAPI Reference
(http://dev.mysql.com/doc/dev/connector-j) for more
details.

* X DevAPI: Setters and getters methods have been added for
the configuration properties with the MysqlDataSource,
MysqlXADataSource, and MysqlConnectionPoolDataSource
classes.

* X DevAPI: The connection property enabledTLSProtocols can
now be used to select the allowed TLS versions for an X
Protocol connection to the server.

* Connector/J now supports the new caching_sha2_password
authentication plugin, which is the default
authentication plugin for MySQL 8.0.4 and later (see
Caching SHA-2 Pluggable Authentication
(http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/caching-sha2-plug
gable-authentication.html) for details).
Note
To authenticate accounts with the caching_sha2_password
plugin, either a secure connection to the server using
SSL
(http://dev.mysql.com/doc/connector-j/8.0/en/connector-j-reference-using-ssl.html)
or an unencrypted connection that supports password exchange
using an RSA key pair (enabled by setting one or both of the
connecting properties allowPublicKeyRetrieval and
serverRSAPublicKeyFile) must be used.
Because earlier versions of Connector/J 8.0 do not
support the caching_sha2_password authentication plugin
and therefore will not be able to connect to accounts
that authenticate with the new plugin (which might
include the root account created by default during a new
installation of a MySQL 8.0 Server), it is highly
recommended that you upgrade now to Connector/J 8.0.9, to
help ensure that your applications continue to work
smoothly with the latest MySQL 8.0 Server.

* Connector/J now takes advantage of the MySQL Server 8.0
data dictionary by making the connection property
useInformationSchema true by default; this makes
Connector/J, by default, access the data dictionary more
efficiently by querying tables in the INFORMATION_SCHEME.
See INFORMATION_SCHEMA and Data Dictionary Integration
(http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/data-dictionary-information-schema.html)
for details. Users can still set useInformationSchema to false,
but for MySQL 8.0.3 and later, some data dictionary queries might
then fail, due to deprecations of older data dictionary features.

* In the past, query texts were always passed as strings to
QueryInterceptor methods, even if the texts were not
actually used by them. Now, only suppliers for the texts
are passed, and the texts are only extracted by get()
calls on the suppliers.

Bugs Fixed

* The connection property nullNamePatternMatchesAll, when
set to false (which was the default value), caused some
DatabaseMetaData methods to throw an error when a null
search string was used with them. The behavior was not
compliant with the JDBC specification, which requires
that a search criterion be ignored when a null search
string is used for it. The connection property has now
been removed from Connector/J 8.0. (Bug #26846249, Bug
#87826)

* Trying to print the query in a PreparedStatement using
the toString() method after it has been closed resulted
in an exception (No operations allowed after statement
closed) being thrown. (Bug #26748909)

* When working with MySQL Server 8.0, an update or delete
statement for a CONCUR_UPDATABLE ResultSet failed when
the ResultSet’s primary keys included a boolean column
and the character set used was not latin1. (Bug
#26266731)

* Connector/J failed to recognize a server greeting error
it received during a handshake with the server and parsed
the error message as a normal greeting packet, causing an
ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException to be thrown. (Bug
#24924097)

On Behalf of the MySQL/Oracle Release Engineering Team,
Hery Ramilison

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