Well, I am certainly tuckered out.
I've been attempting to get the new version of JDBC-2a to work. I think I am half way there.
My first comment is that the assignment should tell the student to first read Paul Wheaton's Evil Ant Build Properties article. I suspect most coders are like me in that they try to get something to work by ignoring the instruction manual. Yes, that is how I assemble furniture and children's Christmas gifts.
My second comment relates to where I am stuck. The build.xml very nicely tells me that I need to set my db.driver.jar. I found the answer in the reply to Carolyn's email above. Then it tells me to set the db.driver. Now it wants the url, userid, and password. I have not the foggiest idea what the db.url would be. What are they?
I should explain that I set up MySQL differently from what is described in the first section of the JDBC assignment. MySQL site has been updated since and I was only able to get it to work by setting it up in the Program Files folder as recommended by MySQL. Doing it this way, all I have to do is open the command prompt window and type 'mysql -u root' and MySQL starts up no problem. So I never had to worry about where the MySQL program is located.