Play Framework: An SBT build.sbt file for JDBC, MySQL, and Anorm

As a note to self, if you want to use JDBC, MySQL, and Anorm with the Play Framework 2.6, you’ll need a libraryDependencies entry like this in your SBT build.sbt file:

libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
    "" %% "scalatestplus-play" % "3.1.2" % Test,
    "mysql" % "mysql-connector-java" % "5.1.46",
    "" %% "anorm" % "2.5.3"


How to speed up JDBC PreparedStatement MySQL batch inserts

If you ever need to batch-insert a lot of records into a MySQL/MariaDB database using the JDBC PreparedStatement (as in preparedStatement.executeBatch()) be sure to change the MySQL URL to use the rewriteBatchedStatements, as shown here:


For a recent project I needed to batch-insert about eleven million records into a MySQL database, and the runtime was about 55 minutes. Once I added rewriteBatchedStatements=true to the MySQL URL, the batch-insert time was reduced down to only three minutes. That one little change made all the difference.

How to search for a string in all fields of every table in a MySQL database

Here’s a cool tip: if you want to search for a text string in all fields of all tables of a MySQL database, you can use phpMyAdmin to do this very easily. Here are the steps to search every MySQL/MariaDB database table.

1) Select the desired database

The first step is to select the database you want to search. Don’t select a table — just select the database you want to search. (If you select a table you’ll get a different search form in Step 2.)

How to connect to a MySQL database with Scala and JDBC

This is an excerpt from the Scala Cookbook (partially modified for the internet). This is Recipe 16.1, “How to connect to a MySQL database with Scala and JDBC.”


You want to connect to a MySQL database (or any other database with a JDBC driver) from a Scala application using “plain old JDBC.”


Use JDBC just like you would in a Java application. Download the MySQL JDBC driver, and then access your database with code like this:

MySQL syntax examples - create table, primary key, foreign key

Just a quick note here today that if you need some example MySQL database tables, you can use these. I created them for some experiments I ran last night. They show the MySQL create table, primary key, and foreign key syntax:

MySQL show status: How to show open database connections

MySQL "show status" FAQ: Can you demonstrate how to use the MySQL show status command to show MySQL variables and status information, such as the number of open MySQL connections?

I don't have a whole lot of time today to give this a detailed discussion, but here is a quick look at some MySQL work that I did recently to show MySQL open database connections.

How to default a MySQL date (timestamp) field to now

MySQL DATE syntax FAQ: How do I set a MySQL DATE field to default to "now", i.e., the current time?

Setting the date to "now"

Unfortunately you can't default a MySQL DATE field to "now", but you can get the "now" behavior with a MySQL TIMESTAMP field. The syntax to create a MySQL TIMESTAMP "now" field is:

A MySQL ‘create table’ syntax example

I used to use MySQL every day for years, but over the last two years I haven't used it much. Today I needed to create a MySQL database table, and had to wonder for a few moments what the MySQL CREATE TABLE syntax was. Fortunately I have plenty of examples out here.

Here's a quick example of a MySQL "users" table: