I recently upgraded to play 1.2.1.
As I was running the tests, I got weird exceptions. That contained strings like :
Unsuccessful: create table Syntax error in SQL statement "CREATE TABLE ... expected "identifier"; SQL statement:
After searching google, I read the thread "Play 1.2: Syntax error in SQL statement "CREATE TABLE ..." on google group, which reached the conclusion I should use :
But then, I got some scarier errors like :
A JPA error occurred (Unable to build EntityManagerFactory):
So I reached another thread named "[HowTo : UniqueConstraint and ManyToOne](http://groups.google.com/group/play-framework/browse_thread/thread/20b3ecc0b008a76f)", yet again on google group. However, this time, they reached the conclusion "never use hibernate.globally_quoted_identifiers=true " Urrrrghhh!!! As I started digging I quickly found that play switched the test DB driver from [HSQLDB](http://hsqldb.org/) to [H2](http://www.h2database.com/html/main.html) as you can see in [play-1.2.1 release notes](http://www2.playframework.org/documentation/1.2/releasenotes-1.2#H2asdefaultinmemorydatabase) So I finally decided to revert back to HSQLDB, and see what happens. I am glad to report the problem was solved, however - since it was hard to discover the proper way to do this, I decided to post it here. 1. take hsqldb.jar and place it in your play/framework/lib dir. ( you need it in your classpath ). 2. make sure your application conf has the following properties 1. %test.db=mem 2. %test.db.driver=org.hsqldb.jdbcDriver 3. %test.db.url=jdbc:hsqldb:mem:playembed This should do the trick. You should look out for the line where play says where it is connecting to, and try to catch where ```Connected to jdbc:h2:mem:play;MODE=MYSQL
Connected to jdbc:hsqldb:mem:playembed
Then you will know it is fixed.
I am glad to report that play added a new view for DB.
This makes the need for an external client obsolete.
It is most useful with memory DBs as used in tests.
I tried it, and I have to say - best DB client GUI I used so far..
Simply go to : localhost:9000/@db If you are in test mode, use the URL shown above : jdbc:hsqldb:mem:playembed (or whatever you customized).
Don't worry - this URL is not available in production mode.
You can read more about it on the release notes.