Are prepared statements faster because they are compiled? if so, where and when are they compiled?
Richard Katz Prepared Statements aren't actually compiled, but they are bound by the JDBC driver. Depending on the driver, Prepared Statements can be a lot faster - if you re-use them. Some drivers bind the columns you request in the SQL statement. When you execute Connection.prepareStatement(), all the columns bindings take place, so the binding overhead does not occur each time you run the Prepared Statement. For additional information on Prepared Statement performance and binding see JDBC Performance Tips on IBM's website.