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Java Persistence with Hibernate is divided into three major parts.

In Part 1, the book introduces the object/relational paradigm mismatch and explains the fundamentals behind object/relational mapping. Then, readers are walked through a hands-on tutorial to get you started with your first Hibernate, Java Persistence, or EJB 3.0 project. You look at Java application design for domain models and at the options for creating object/relational mapping metadata.

Mapping Java classes and properties to SQL tables and columns is the focus of Part 2. You explore all basic and advanced mapping options in Hibernate and Java Persistence, with XML mapping files and Java annotations. It shows you how to deal with inheritance, collections, and complex class associations. Finally, the book discusses integration with legacy database schemas and some mapping strategies that are especially tricky.

Part 3 is all about the processing of objects and how you can load and store data with Hibernate and Java Persistence. The book introduces the programming interfaces, how to write transactional and conversation-aware applications, and how to write queries. It later focuses on the correct design and implementation of layered Java applications, and the most common design patterns that are used with Hibernate, such as the Data Access Object (DAO) and EJB Command patterns. You'll see how you can test your Hibernate application easily and what other best practices are relevant if you work an object/relational mapping software.

Finally, you are introduced to the JBoss Seam framework, which takes many Hibernate concepts to the next level and enables you to create conversational web applications with ease.

Visit the Manning site for sample chapters, the Author Online Forum, errata and source code for Java Persistence with Hibernate.

About the Author

Christian Bauer is a member of the Hibernate developer team. He works as a trainer, consultant, and product manager for Hibernate, EJB 3.0, and JBoss Team at JBoss, a division of Red Hat. He is the co-author with Gavin King of Manning's best-selling Hibernate in Action.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 904 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; Revised edition (November 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932394885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932394887
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Allen on December 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
I feel a little odd rating this thing as low as two stars. After all, it does pack a lot of information into its 800+ pages. And that does make it a single point of reference ... sort of.

It's when I actually tried to use this fat tome to learn how to work with Hibernate that I encountered the first problem. I can't recommend that approach. This book is a terrible way to learn how to use Hibernate. It talks endlessly about all kinds of detail about everything you might want to do, and even provides many incomplete code snippets. But surprisingly it doesn't sit you down and walk you through a simple application actually using Hibernate. The authors do provide a full-blown application you can download and work through - but that won't be easy, dear reader, and it will take you a while to distill the basics from the advanced usage.

This seems to be a problem with most Hibernate books, for some reason - they all think they need to explain ORM to the world rather than simply show how to create an application. Explaining ORM AND showing how to build an application might be better.

So, OK, perhaps, I thought, this will become my master reference. Then I encountered the second problem. There's no good way to drill quickly to a nugget of information you need, which, after all, is the essence of a reference. Instead you will have to read through the theoretical explanations and design discussions to figure out if the trail leads you to the specific nugget you need to get your software working.

In the end I realized that the book is not good as a tutorial and not good as a reference and I was left to wonder what it might be good for. This surprised me, to be honest.
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Ganeshji Marwaha on December 21, 2006
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Hibernate is an ambitious project that aims to be a complete solution to the problem of managing persistent data in java. With the most recent version (3.2) out in the wild now, it is better than ever. A whole slew of new features have been added, a bunch of them improved from its earlier incarnation, but to trump it all - hibernate now supports the new EJB 3.0 standard for persistence, named JPA. As a matter of fact, Gavin King, creator of hibernate, was one among the expert group members for that JSR and helped shape its API.

This book aims to be a definitive source of reference for both hibernate and its JPA implementation. The authors undertake an arduous task of explaining each and every detail both in hibernate and JPA parlance. The end result is a comprehensive tutorial/reference guide of both worlds in one well-written and easy-to-read book. Think about this, if your goal is to to learn only hibernate, you have it here, or if all you need is to learn the JPA specification, you got that here too. The most beneficial of all, if you wanted to learn both, compare and contrast them, and make an informed decision of the best approach for your next project, then you are still in the right place. Can this get any better? Keep reading.

With a whopping 850+ pages, this book has loads of information for a reader at any experience level. The entire subject area is broadly organized into 3 parts.

Part 1: Getting started with Hibernate and JPA

Part 2: Mapping concepts and strategies

Part 3: Conversational object processing

Part 1 introduces you to the object/relational paradigm mismatch - both structural and conceptual aspects. Then, we are taken through a tour of how to start a new hibernate project.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Riccardo Audano on February 26, 2008
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Technically speaking you cannot get much better than this. Java Persistence with Hibernate is accurate, complete, detailed, and full of practical examples. I know this expression is overused but this is really the definite reference, the Bible of Hibernate. Basically any rasonable question you might have about how to use this wonderful persistence tool is in this book.
My only gripe is that while this book makes a great reference or a great aid to the experienced developer to bring his hibernate skills to the best level, it fails miserably when used to learn Hibernate from scratch. It's a pity because with a little more effort this could have been the perfect Hibernate book. In particular, 90 % of the example code is from the 'Caveat Emptor' hibernate reference application. Perfectly nice to the veteran developer, but a beginner needs to see the code in action immediately, and building and analyzing 'Caveat Emptor' or translate the original code into his own 'experiments' will probably be way out of his reach. Finally, the writing style is lofty, self-conceited and abysmally boring, and fails to point out what is important from the (almost always) irrelevant details. This being said, Hibernate Foundations are all in this book, which makes a real treasure trove for a senior developer who has already fought a few battles with Hibernate. A good Hibernate intro book has still to be written, so my only advice to the newbie is try some online tutorials, maybe browse the hibernate official website, find something more 'human-friendly' and 'New-Testament-like' , get to play with Hibernate a little, to the point where you can write a very simple, even rudimentary application, and then you will be ready to start wrestling with this bible.
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