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java.sql.Connection Isolation Level

This forum was posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 4:31:52 AM

I'm writing little spike code snippet that is not it giving me the the output I'm expecting.
I hv a table that is generally rows of counters. Other tables use these rows to generate what should be unique ID's.
When I execute the code snippet following what I excepted is that the 1st thread to reach the the select statement would acquire a lock on that row or table stopping all read or writes on the unique id value. However the second thread generally completes before the 1st one due to it been put to sleep for 1s thus they both read the similar value and write the similar value so it is only increment once and not two times as I excepted.
Is there anything wrong with my code snippet or is my understanding of the Isolation level's incorrect?
I hv removed the boiler plate code snippet. Standard sql.Connection using a MySQL DB.

private void incrementValue() {
statement = connection.createStatement();
+ " doing select");
resultSet = statement.executeQuery("select * from counter");
+ "after select");
if (counter++ == 0) {
String incrementedValue = getIncrementedValue(resultSet);
statement.executeUpdate("update counter set counter='"
+ incrementedValue + "'");
private String getIncrementedValue(ResultSet resultSet) throws SQLException {
String value = "";
if ( {
System.out.println(Thread.currentThread().getName() + "Value was "
+ resultSet.getString(1));
value = (new Integer(resultSet.getString(1)) + 1) + "";
return value;

This is called from main
public static void main(String args) {
DatabaseExample databaseExample = new DatabaseExample();
Runnable runnable = new Runnable() {
public void execute() {
DatabaseExample databaseExample = new DatabaseExample();
new Thread(runnable).start();

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