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Hibernate in Action: Practical Object/Relational Mapping [Paperback]

Christian Bauer , Gavin King
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1 Aug 2004 193239415X 978-1932394153 1

Hibernate practically exploded onto the Java scene. Why? Because with it developers avoid a dreaded problem: object/relational mapping (ORM). There's a mismatch between your object-oriented code and the relational database you use. This object/relational mismatch requires you to write persistence code that maps one to the other, code which is often complex, tedious and costly to develop. Hibernate does it for you.

But not only that, Hibernate makes persistence easy. Positioned as a layer between your application and your database, Hibernate takes care of loading and saving of objects. Hibernate apps are cheaper, more portable, and more resilient to change. And they perform better than anything you are likely to develop yourself.

Hibernate in Action carefully explains the concepts you need, then gets you started quickly. Using a single, continuing example, it shows you how to use Hibernate in practice, how to deal with concurrency and transactions, how to efficiently retrieve objects and use caching. The authors developed Hibernate. They answered many community questions. Their experience seeps out of every pore of this book.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (1 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193239415X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932394153
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A member of the core Hibernate developer team,Christian Bauer also maintains the Hibernate documentation and website. He is a senior software engineer in Frankfurt, Germany. Hibernate founder Gavin King is an enthusiastic proponent of agile development, open source software and lightweight Java frameworks. He is a J2EE consultant based in Melbourne, Australia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 18 Jan 2005
My review-in-three-words is: great. Get it.
Hibernate and Object/Relational Mapping are very complex subjects, yet Christian Bauer and Gavin King with this book are able to explain them in a so easy and clear way. The first five chapter in particular are really well-written, so that you can start using Hibernate in no time. With chapter six the complexity raises, but it is unavoidable since they start talking about complex mappings and query optimizations.
My personal suggestion to the reader is: at first, read the first five chapters; then, start writing your application with Hibernate; use the other chapters as a reference when you experience some problems while mapping complex class associations, or if you want to refactor/optimize your code.
I really appreciate the fact that the authors put a great effort in explaining not only the tool itself, but also the underlying concepts of ORM and database in general. So, even if you have only a basic knowledge of database, you will be able to understand the book.
Two others goodies: chapter 9 has some great sections explaining who to write code using tools like Middlegen and XDoclet; on Appendix B you can find a nice description of "ORM implementation strategies".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book... 24 Mar 2005
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I read this book when I was in quite a hurry to apply hibernate. I basically read it in all kinds of ways like one chapter at a time and also jumping from section to section in almost random order. What I found was that the book is very clearly written (the authors clearly explain the concepts behind hibernate). Also, the book is useful both for reading front to cover but also extremely useful as a reference. Very well structured and readable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated 7 April 2014
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Not knowing anything about hibernate when I bought this book, I had no idea that the xml file configuration methods explained here have now been outdated in favour of using inline Annotations.
Most of the concepts introduced are still fine, but if you want to learn the coding as well as the concepts, look for a more modern book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not exciting - but indispensable! 14 Jan 2011
I've been spoilt the last few months with some extremely readable (relatively speaking, of course!) programming textbooks. This book on the other hand is soundly rather than excitingly written. It covers the source material thoroughly and clearly, and has improved my knowledge not only of Hibernate but also more general issues of database and software design.
An excellent purchase if you are a developer wanting to know more about persistence strategies in general and Hibernate in particular, but probably not the one for your beach holiday!
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