I have a Java application that works with MySQL DB. Until today I used latin alphabet, but now I would like to extend my application to working with cyrillic alphabet. As far as I know, it is possible to use UTF-8. But I don't know the way, in which I should update my code and DB. Could please someone describe me the steps to be performed in order to implement the task? So, it is very important that the application could support BOTH latin and cyrillic alphabets, and be able to switch between the alphabets.
P.S. I found one thread related to this topic. However, this thread discusses only Java web-applications.