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About the Author

Mike Keith wasthe co-specification lead for JPA 1.0 and a member of the JPA 2.0 and JPA 2.1expert groups. He sits on a number of other Java Community Process expertgroups and the Enterprise Expert Group (EEG) in the OSGi Alliance. He holds aMasters degree in Computer Science from Carleton University, and has over 20years experience in persistence and distributed systems research and practice.He has written papers and articles on JPA and spoken at numerous conferencesaround the world. He is employed as an architect at Oracle in Ottawa, Canada,and is married with four kids and two dogs.



Merrick Schincariolis a consulting engineer at Oracle, specializing in middleware technologies. Hehas a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Lakehead University,and has more than a decade of experience in enterprise softwaredevelopment. He spent some time consulting in the pre-Java enterprise andbusiness intelligence fields before moving on to write Java and J2EEapplications. His experience with large-scale systems and data warehousedesign gave him a mature and practiced perspective on enterprise software,which later propelled him into doing Java EE container implementationwork.

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Java Technology
  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2010 edition (November 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430219564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430219569
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With mixed feelings I'm writing the book review of "Pro JPA 2: Mastering the Java Persistence API" by Mike Keith and Merrick Schincariol (Apress, December 2009). On the one hand I'd highly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in the JPA 2.0 specification and doesn't anticipate reading more than a single book about JPA (to have a complete understanding of the subject), but on the other hand it is a book that takes ages to read and even more to digest. It was beginning to try my patience yet I couldn't stop reading it. The more I delved in the book the more 'Aha'-moments struck me.

I first thought I was well prepared for the book and I knew quite a lot about JPA 1.0 in theory and practice, but it took me just a few chapters to realize that I had just scratched the surface of the JPA specification and I'd still dare to call it an extensive JPA knowledge. I couldn't have been wrong more. I had no doubts that the JPA 2.0 was quite new to me with its Criteria API and dynamic, typesafe (or strongly typed) queries or embedded objects and their collection mappings or validation and constraints as well as the outside the server deployment, but still thought I was not going to be surprised so often even in the areas I felt strong.

With all these enhancements it's hard to expect a single book can give enough explanation to cover the intricacies of the JPA 2.0 specification, but I have no doubt the authors made every effort to write one. There are almost 500 pages divided among 15 chapters ranging from the unsurprisingly, introductory chapter 1. "Introduction" to the chapter 15. "Migration" with the chapter 9. "Criteria API" in between. If you think you could skip some parts of the book to learn more about JPA faster, you couldn't be more mistaken.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hoehne on December 27, 2009
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What I liked about the book. It covers the topic in a fair degree of detail and is well written. If you're trying to learn JPA I would recommend a book that covers the topic in depth rather than a few chapter in a book on J2EE in general or EJB's. If this is your first exposure to JPA, you should be able to read the first few chapters and come back to the advanced material as necessary. The examples, I feel, are clear and consistent. All in all, a good book if you're learning JPA. If a friend or co-worker wanted to learn JPA, I would definitely recommend this book.

What I did not like is a fairly minor issue. I wish the author had done a better job of highlighting what was new in JPA 2.0. There are applications and developers using JPA 1.0 and it would be nice to highlight some of the differences. If you're working in a JPA 1.0 environment, just be aware that some things covered in the book will not apply. However, since JPA 2.0 is largely evolutionary - 90% of what's in this book applies. In fact, I was able to move through much of the book fairly quickly because JPA 1.0 and 2.0 are very similar.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Genovese on February 25, 2010
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After learning JPA in bits and snippets and using it on the popular Spring/JPA/Hibernate environment, I was looking for an in-depth JPA book where I could read the theory of JPA and then code and execute examples to cement the concepts in my brain.

Unfortunately I found that although this book does a pretty good job of explaining the theory, it has a couple of flaws:

- It is heavily flavored toward EJBs. If you are not using EJBs you will find yourself trying to translate the examples to what you would really do.

- Instead of full examples, or even building an example as a chapter progresses, the book relies heavily on snippets. It is up to you to take these snippets and make them work in an integrated whole. Because of my past experience this was not a big problem for me, but it could be daunting for somebody trying to learn JPA from scratch.

I recommend not using this book alone. Supplement it with a book more focused on the JPA stack that you will be using. If you plan on using the Spring/JPA/Hibernate stack I recommend that you first read (and code) the JDBC, Transactions and JPA chapters from the Spring Recipes book. If you do that, this book should successfully increase the depth of your knowledge without hitting too many stumbling blocks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Riccardo Audano on August 3, 2010
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I did enjoy this book, it's complete, engaging , very readable...I didn't like the bias towards Oracle/TopLink but that is forgivable since it was present only in the "history of JPA" and not in the techical part..but nonetheless.. dudes, I do realize you work for Oracle, but JPA is an Hibernate "official reincarnation"... trying to ignore this fact and writing like JPA just fell down from the sky or worse from ancient TopLink.. well that is just pathetic...
Anyhow... I do like the examples , I do like the structure, I do like the style.. what I really, really did not like was that when I bough the book a few months ago there was *NO CODE WHASOEVER* to download on the book website. And even now there is code only for the first 9 chapters, for a book that has 15 chapters! And of course the last chapters are the more advanced and interesting...
This is a deadly, capital sin for any technical book, that makes me immediately throw it in the trash where it belongs.. This book is an exception due to the outstanding overall quality...but I do want to shout at the book authors: "hey dudes, when you're back from vacations could you please be so kind to give us example code for the rest of the book??? You will make a lot of readers happy and will make sure your royalties have been rightly earned.."
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