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ISBN-13: 978-0596517724 ISBN-10: 0596517726 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596517726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596517724
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Step-by-step Guide to Java Persistence

About the Author

James Elliott is a senior software engineer at Berbee, with fifteen years' professional experience as a systems developer. He started designing with objects well before work environments made it convenient, and has a passion for building high-quality Java tools and frameworks to simplify the tasks of other developers.

Tim is a professional singer/programmer living and working in the Chicago area. He prefers Emacs to vi. Tim discovered programming on a TRS-80, and went on to study (and subsequently forget) Electrical Engineering at UVA. In his free time Tim likes to sleep, study music, build toys with microcontrollers, and participate in open source projects. Tim is active in the Jakarta Commons.

Ryan Fowler is a software engineer at Berbee in Madison, WI. He programmed Basic on Apple II machines for a while in elementary school at St. Stephen School in Grand Rapids, MI. He returned to coding in the computer science department at Alma College in Alma, MI while earning his bachelor's degree. Ryan skis, sails and rounds life out with some guitar playing when there's no snow or wind.

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i'm a writer and a programmer, I live in Evanston, IL, and I generally write books about technology infrastructure. I'm currently focused on books about novel build technologies such as Gradle and how these technologies intersect with the constantly evolving set of technologies and languages that are involved in today's systems.

Things I'm currently interested in vert.x, the maturation of tools like cfengine, chef, and puppet. NoSQL and a backlash to map/reduce. The evolution of the relational database. It's an interesting time for the industry.

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This book is well written, organized and easy to learn from.
I just got this book in the mail last week, as it was just recently released.
Liz Hills
If you really want to learn Hibernate, get the Gavin King book.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on January 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
The chapter about eclipse and hibernate was somewhat useful, the rest was some sort of tedious tribute to ant, maven and open software in general. The main argument seems to avoid 'complex joins', why would you work with databases at all if you think joins between two tables is rocket science? What will you do if hibernate fails and you don't understand whats going on beneath? How can you design a good database if you find these things to complex?

I bought the book to learn HIBERNATE, not ant, not maven etc. The examples are poor, i.e it shows how to do a one-to-many relationship, what about other relationships?

To me, the hibernate documentation was much more useful, seriously.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric Jain on October 5, 2008
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Nice step-by-step guide for building a web application that makes use of Hibernate. This fills in an important gap left by the official Hibernate documentation. However, a consequence of this approach is that much of the book ends up being devoted to explaining how to set up the chosen tools and frameworks (see table of contents). If you are instead looking for more in-depth information on topics such as session and object lifecycles, complicated mappings or performance, you'll find more information in the official Hibernate documentation (or in the corresponding section in the Spring documentation). This book really ought to have a less cute, but more descriptive title.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Langer on January 7, 2009
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I ordered and read this book. Overall, I was able to get information from it but it was not complete enough. I ended up finding more answers from the internet and from "Beginning Hibernate" (Apress). The Apress book was ordered recently and is really meant for developers. It has a lot of clear examples and work around approaches for odd HQL things (i.e. use Views if you have HQL aggregate issues).

Where the Programming Hibernate lost me (my interest that is) was the extensive discussion about Maven. Who cares about Maven. It is a good build system but Maven is _not_ required to use Hibernate. Why discuss it? This book and the Apress books were about the same length (in pages) so much of the O'Reilly book was wasted talking about Maven when Hibernate (the purpose of the book) should have been discussed. Plus, it adds complexity if you need Maven to do the examples.

If you are getting into Hibernate, check out the Apress book first. Then look at this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alex Turner on October 30, 2008
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I am totally new to hibernate, and I was hoping for a book that would serve as a comprehensive guide to hibernate. I was rather disappointed. The book constantly says: you can do this really neato thing, but it's beyond the scope of this book. The chapter on HQL was very brief indeed really only scratching the surface, which was a bit surprising as it would seem to me that using HQL would be a very common task which would benefit from in depth coverage. The chapter on annotations was also a bit light as this seems to be the new preferred way to use hibernate amongst developers today.

Despite these grumbles with the book, I found it a helpful and clear introduction to hibernate that did at least give me an overview in a clear and concise manner. The coverage of features in hibernate 3 was good too, as other books have become a bit dated. The later chapters on how to integrate hibernate with other tools are very useful, and I found the inclusion of stripes particularly poignant. It's a good book, but not great if what you want is an in depth understanding of hibernate.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By W. Lehman on June 9, 2008
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Harnessing Hibernate is a fine book, which uses the most efficient ways to achieve its goal. Though focusing on Hibernate, the book enlists the usage of various frameworks such as Spring Framework, Stripes and Maven.

Part I: Hibernate in a hurry: The core

The book starts with how you should build which used to be a dread. The authors choose to use Ant - Maven task, which is cool. I use Maven directly, but that's beside the point. Both approaches are better than finding the JARs on the web.

HSQLDB is what the book recommends and for some reason it makes sense </sarcasm>. It really is the best way to go. I am not suggesting to format your Oracle DB server and install HSQLDB; but I am suggesting you stay focused and worry about the big DB later; the book goes back to a larger DB; so don't worry too much right now.

The Project Hierarchy:
This one, I must admit, I do not care for; I think Maven directory structure is better and one should not have to create this manually, but that's probably personal. This is later reviewed in Chapter 12: Maven in More Depth.

Core hibernate:
The book doesn't mess around too much. It explains how to configure hibernate and before long you find your hands in hibernate mapping. From chapter 2 through chapter 9 you'll find yourself in the core of Hibernate: mapping, hibernate configuration, persistent objects (creating and finding), collections and associations, richer associations, custom value types, annotations, criteria queries and a look at HQL.

Part II: Playing nice with others: beyond the core

MySQL - a nice short intro to MySQL is shown.

Hibernate and Eclipse - yes, this is in here too (and up to date Eclipse v3.3).
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