If this is your first time using Derby, please look at the Getting Started Guide [PDF] for assistance configuring your environment, creating a new database, and executing SQL statements.
Interested in seeing some code that makes use of Derby? There are also some simple demo applications included to help you understand how to start using Derby in your application.
Derby includes some tools to help you get started working with Derby databases. Additional information about these tools can be found in the Derby Tools and Utilities Guide [PDF].
If you need more help getting started, the Apache Derby website has a Quick Start page with links to tutorials, more demo applications, and instructions on how to use Derby with a variety of different IDEs, tools, and web application servers.
If you need additional help, the Apache Derby Users mailing list can be helpful if you have specific questions regarding setting up and using Derby. For information on how to subscribe and post to the Apache Derby Users mailing list, please read the mailing lists page on the Apache Derby website.
For information on developing and deploying an application with Derby, see the Derby Developer's Guide [PDF]. A complete reference to Derby's use of JDBC and SQL can be found in the Derby Reference Manual [PDF]. Information on configuring the security of Derby applications can be found in the Derby Security Guide [PDF].
Derby's public API can be found here.
For information on setting up and using the Derby Network Server, which provides a client/server access model for Derby databases on machines connected over a network, please read the Derby Server and Administration Guide [PDF].
Information on how to tune Derby for your specific needs can be found in Tuning Derby [PDF]. This guide includes a reference to the properties which influence Derby's behavior as well as providing performance tips for certain situations.
Please consult the following documents for details on the contents of this distribution and how this distribution is licensed.
If you are looking for more resources on how to use Derby in your application or integrate Derby into a specific environment, please see:
Thank you for your interest in Derby!