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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Microsoft JDBC 4.0 and 4.1 driver - missing help files...

Microsoft JDBC driver 4.0 and 4.1 as shipped does not contain the help files :-(

Website says:
 
  1. Download sqljdbc_<version>_<language>.exe to a temporary directory.
  2. Run sqljdbc_<version>_<language>.exe.
  3. Enter an installation directory when prompted. We recommend that you unpack this zip file in %ProgramFiles% with the default directory: "Microsoft JDBC Driver 4.x for SQL Server". 
  4. After the package unpacks, open the JDBC Help System by opening %InstallationDirectory%\Microsoft JDBC Driver 4.x for SQL Server\sqljdbc_<version>\<language>\help\default.htm. This will display the help system in your Web browser.    
\sqljdbc_4.1\enu\Release.txt says:

The Microsoft JDBC Driver 4.1 for SQL Server executable zip or tar file unpacks the following files in the specified locations, relative to the selected installation directory:
<installation directory>\sqljdbc_<version>\<language>\install.txt
<installation directory>\sqljdbc_<version>\<language>\release.txt
<installation directory>\sqljdbc_<version>\<language>\license.txt
<installation directory>\sqljdbc_<version>\<language>\sqljdbc.jar
<installation directory>\sqljdbc_<version>\<language>\sqljdbc4.jar
<installation directory>\sqljdbc_<version>\<language>\sqljdbc41.jar
<installation directory>\sqljdbc_<version>\<language>\auth\x86\sqljdbc_auth.dll
<installation directory>\sqljdbc_<version>\<language>\auth\x64\sqljdbc_auth.dll
<installation directory>\sqljdbc_<version>\<language>\xa\xa_install.sql
<installation directory>\sqljdbc_<version>\<language>\xa\x86\sqljdbc_xa.dll

<installation directory>\sqljdbc_<version>\<language>\xa\x64\sqljdbc_xa.dll

So where is help\default.htm??

Some folks have suggested using http://sourceforge.net/projects/jtds/ but does not list support for MS SQL Server 2014 and I don't fancy winging it.

Annoyingly even when you use the MS SQL Server Help Library that comes with Management Studio you cannot download the JDBC documentation.

Guess I will just have to look at Microsoft JDBC Driver for SQL Server online instead..

[5th November 2015 update:
And no... "Please note that the offline helpfiles have been discontinued."]

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