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MySQL Connector/J 8.0.23 has been released
Posted by: Balasubramanian Kandasamy
Date: January 18, 2021 07:00AM


Dear MySQL users,

MySQL Connector/J 8.0.23 is the latest General Availability release of
the MySQL Connector/J 8.0 series.  It is suitable for use with MySQL
Server versions 8.0, 5.7, and 5.6.  It supports the Java Database
Connectivity (JDBC) 4.2 API, and implements the X DevAPI.

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-8-0-23.html

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/J 8.0.23 GA, see the "General Availability
(GA) Releases" tab at http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/j/

Enjoy!

Changes in MySQL Connector/J 8.0.23 (2021-01-18, General Availability)

     * Deprecation and Removal Notes

     * Functionality Added or Changed

     * Bugs Fixed

Deprecation and Removal Notes


     * As an implementation of the MySQL Terminology Updates
(https://mysqlhighavailability.com/mysql-terminology-updates/),
       connection properties and public method names have
       been adjusted in the following manners:

          + Changing "master" to "source": For example, the
            connection property queriesBeforeRetryMaster becomes
            queriesBeforeRetrySource, and the method
            isMasterConnection() becomes isSourceConnection()

          + Changing "slave" to "replica": For example, the
            connection property allowSlavesDownConnections
            becomes allowReplicaDownConnections, and the method
            getSlaveHosts() becomes getReplicaHosts()

          + Changing "blacklist" to "blocklist": For example,
            the connection property loadBalanceBlacklistTimeout
            becomes loadBalanceBlocklistTimeout.

       Old names have been deprecated---though they are still
       usable for now, they are to be removed eventually in
       future releases; users are therefore encouraged to switch
       to the new names.
       See the MySQL Connector/J 8.0 Developer Guide
(https://dev.mysql.com/doc/connector-j/8.0/en/), the
       Connector/J API documentation (generated by Javadoc), and
       the MySQL Connector/J X DevAPI Reference for information
       on any new property and method names.

Functionality Added or Changed


     * While a java.sql.TIME instance, according to the JDBC
       specification, is not supposed to contain fractional
       seconds by design, because java.sql.TIME is a wrapper
       around java.util.Date, it is possible to store fractional
       seconds in a java.sql.TIME instance. However, when
       Connector/J inserted a java.sql.TIME into the server as a
       MySQL TIME value, the fractional seconds were always
       truncated. To allow the fractional seconds to be sent to
       the server, a new connection property,
       sendFractionalSecondsForTime, has been introduced: when
       the property is true (which is the default value), the
       fractional seconds for java.sql.TIME are sent to the
       server; otherwise, the fractional seconds are truncated.
       Also, the connection property sendFractionalSeconds has
       been changed into a global control for the sending of
       fractional seconds for ALL date-time types. As a result,
       if sendFractionalSeconds=false, fractional seconds are
       not sent irrespective of the value of
       sendFractionalSecondsForTime.
       (Bug #20959249, Bug #76775)

     * Connector/J now supports the following authentication
       methods for LDAP Pluggable Authentication
(https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/ldap-pluggable-authentication.html)
       with the MySQL Enterprise Server:

          + The GSSAPI/Kerberos Authentication Method:
(https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/ldap-pluggable-authentication.html#ldap-pluggable-authentication-gssapi)
            A new connection property,
            ldapServerHostname, has been introduced for
            specifying the LDAP service host principal as
            configured in the Kerberos key distribution centre
            (KDC). See the description for ldapServerHostname in
            the MySQL Connector/J 8.0 Developer Guide
(https://dev.mysql.com/doc/connector-j/8.0/en/) for details.

          + The SCRAM-SHA-256 method.

Bugs Fixed


     * Storing a java.time.LocalDateTime object onto the server
       as a TIMESTAMP value using a batched PreparedStatement
       failed with the complaint that java.time.LocalDateTime
       could not be cast to java.sql.Timestamp. With this fix,
       the casting works again.
       (Bug #32099505, Bug #101413)

     * Using the setObject() method to set a
       ByteArrayInputStream instance for a PreparedStatement
       resulted in a SQLException. (Bug #32046007, Bug #101242)

     * The returned value for a TIMESTAMP was incorrect when a
       temporal interval expression
(https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/8.0/en/expressions.html#temporal-intervals)
       was used in the SQL statement for
       the query. (Bug #31074051, Bug #99013)

     * After upgrading from Connector/J 5.1 to 8.0, the results
       of saving and then retrieving DATETIME and TIMESTAMP
       values became different sometimes. It was because while
       Connector/J 5.1 does not preserve a time instant by
       default, Connector/J 8.0.22 and earlier tried to so by
       converting a timestamp to the server's session time zone
       before sending its value to the server. In this release,
       new mechanisms for controlling timezone conversion has
       been introduced---see Preserving Time Instants
(https://dev.mysql.com/doc/connector-j/8.0/en/connector-j-time-instants.html)
       for details. Under this new
       mechanism, the default behavior of Connector/J 5.1 in
       this respect is preserved by setting the connection
       property preserveInstants=false. (Bug #30962953, Bug
       #98695, Bug #30573281, Bug #95644)

     * Conversion of a MySQL DATETIME or TIMESTAMP value to a
       Java OffsetDateTime using the getObject(i,
       OffsetDateTime.class) method failed with a "Conversion
       not supported for type ..." error. It was because the
       OffsetDateTime.parse() method on DATETIME and TIMESTAMP
       values yielded an unexpected string format. With this
       patch, conversions between OffsetDateTime and the DATE,
       TIME, DATETIME, TIMESTAMP, and YEAR data types are now
       possible, and an instant point on the timeline is
       preserved as such during a conversion, when
       possible---see Preserving Time Instants
(https://dev.mysql.com/doc/connector-j/8.0/en/connector-j-time-instants.html)
       for details. (Bug #29402209, Bug #94457)

     * When the server's session time zone setting was not
       understandable by Connector/J (for example, it was set to
       CEST), a connection could not be established with the
       server unless Connector/J specified the correct IANA time
       zone name in the serverTimezone connection property. This
       happened even if there was actually no need to use any
       date-time functionality in Connector/J. The issue was
       fixed by the new connection properties for Connector/J
       that control date-time handling---see Preserving Time
       Instants
(https://dev.mysql.com/doc/connector-j/8.0/en/connector-j-time-instants.html)
       for details. The following now
       happens with respect to the above-mentioned situation:

          + If the new connection property connectionTimeZone is
            set to LOCAL or a specified time zone, the time_zone
            variable on the server is no longer checked

          + If connectionTimeZone=SERVER, the check for the
            time_zone variable is delayed until date-time driver
            functionality is first invoked, so that an
            unrecognizable server time zone does not prevent
            connection to be established. However, when
            date-time functionality is invoked and the value of
            time_zone cannot be recognized by Connector/J, an
            exception is thrown.
       (Bug #21789378)


Enjoy and thanks for the support!

On behalf of the MySQL Release Team,
Balasubramanian Kandasamy


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