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great perspective on hibernate
on November 18, 2004
This book covers the basics really well, but it is no replacement for the docs. However it complements the docs very nicely with a totally fresh perspective on developing with Hibernate. The docs contain clear and concise directions for using Hibernate in its most common configurations. This book also covers the basics of Hibernate, but from the perspective of building working applications. The authors demonstrate how to build at least three applications in this book, and each one makes use of a different set of Hibernate features and functions. The code itself is not commented, but the surrounding text does an excellent job of explaining it, and all the code worked for me with little effort. The code supports many different databases (mysql, postgresql, and db2, etc).
The other aspect of the book's perspective that I appreciated is its focus on using Hibernate with other tools. The authors have obviously done a lot of Hibernate development in production situations. They explain how to integrate Hibernate with tomcat, xdoclet, maven, eclipse, and other common tools. They also discuss more esoteric tools (at least from my perspective) including design patterns and AspectJ.
This book did a lot to move me from playing with Hibernate to using it in my development work.