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Joseph Ottinger , Dave Minter , Jeff Linwood

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30 Mar 2014 1430265175 978-1430265177 3
Beginning Hibernate, Third Edition is ideal if you're experienced in Java with databases (the traditional, or "connected," approach), but new to open-source, lightweight Hibernate, a leading object-relational mapping and database-oriented application development framework. This book packs in information about the release of the Hibernate 4.x persistence layer and provides a clear introduction to the current standard for object-relational persistence in Java. And since the book keeps its focus on Hibernate without wasting time on nonessential third-party tools, you'll be able to immediately start building transaction-based engines and applications. Experienced authors Joseph Ottinger with Dave Minter and Jeff Linwood provide more in-depth examples than any other book for Hibernate beginners. The authors also present material in a lively, example-based manner--not a dry, theoretical, hard-to-read fashion. What you'll learn * How to build enterprise Java-based transaction-type applications that access complex data with Hibernate, including Software as a Service (SaaS) * How to work with latest Hibernate 4 * Where to integrate into the persistence lifecycle, including cloud application implications * How to map using annotations, Hibernate XML files, and more * How to search and query with the new version of Hibernate * How to integrate with Spring Framework, Grails and even MongoDB Who this book is for This book is for Java developers who want to learn about Hibernate.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners and intermediates 30 May 2014
By Ben - Published on
Before reading this book, I had only worked on one application that used Hibernate. It was a pre-existing codebase, and most of the code was already written. A lot of the concepts are pretty clear by just reading the code, while others definitely aren't (the object lifecycle being the best example of that).

Reading this book made those concept a lot clearer, and I feel like I can now actually use Hibernate in an application written from scratch. The examples in the book are concise (yay, Lombok!), compilable (not all books manage that) and fit the described situations very well, though I must admit that I skipped a lot of the examples, since I personally prefer reading the descriptions. The book is well structured and usually describes topics lightly first, then going deeper into the topics in the next chapter.

If you're new to Hibernate, or maybe even already have a little experience, this book should definitely help you get up to speed with how to write software using Hibernate.

Minor criticism: Instead of using an EntityManager, all examples use the underlying Session provided by Hibernate. While this is necessary to use features of Hibernate that the JPA does not provide, it would have been nice to also see the usage of an EntityManager.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A third sequel that doesn't suck 23 April 2014
By Andrew Lombardi - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
They said it couldn't be done, but the third edition has redeemed a book that on its face, from previous editions, was not well put together at all.

This book is completely different, and utterly unrecognizable from its previous two incarnations. The examples chosen are clear, and they all compile (surprisingly difficult for some tech books to get right). Each of the sections follows a logical progression through understanding of Hibernate and all the intricacies that are involved in using it properly.

The writing is clear, and makes a concerted effort to stay focused on each of the described tasks. As a seasoned Java developer I didn't expect that the book would bring much in the way of new understanding, but I picked up a tidbit or two which was a nice surprise.

If you're just starting out with Hibernate, I highly recommend this book.
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