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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is really the book that the Hibernate industry needed. Loaded with independent examples, written in a funny and interactive manner, and covering all of the fundamentals you need to really understand Hibernate, and get the most out of your persistence layer.

This is far and away better than any other Hibernate learning guide on the market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2009
I bought "Hibernate in Action" earlier...but couldn't manage to read the book out of my office hours. And when I started reading the book..I realized there were not many examples and this book was not meant for lazy readers like me.

I was looking for a book that gives me a quick understanding of Hibernate with solid examples... and finally it turned out to be the book by Cameron McKenzie "Hibernate made easy"!

I get demotivated when I see bible like books..but this is a small and light weighted book :)

Author has re-presented the examples/topics covered in the earlier pages again when ever needed so one need not turn the pages back for reference.

Finished the first 4 chapters in just 5 hours or so... yet to read the left over chapters.
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on 19 January 2009
This book provides an excellent, fluid and easily read introduction to Hibernate using annotations for those with no prior experience.

Readers with good a grasp of Java \ SQL and general database concepts will get the most from this book while having some knowledge and appreciation of basic design patterns will also help.

Good points to note are that the book is very short and unpadded, it gets to the crux of issues quickly, that which needs reiterated is, code is displayed in full throughout, the style is very readable and the code examples are basic but relevant in the real world, ideal for getting the concepts across.

Worthy of note is the use of varied font sizes when displaying code to ensure it fits completely on a page, this may not be to everyones taste but I liked it. It means you are never missing an import or declaration that could invalidate your code and also gets you into the mode of really reading code displayed in a non standard format, a skill you will definitely need if you plan to do an SCJP cert in Java or if following someone elses work.

Bad points -- can't think of any to be honest.

All in all an excellent non waffle resource to introduce Hibernate, and all read in about 4 days.

Hope he does one of these for Spring aswell.
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on 25 February 2012
I had actually used Hibernate some 5 years ago, but recently had to come back to it and all I've previously learnt was all but forgotten. Firstly I purchased Java Persistence with Hibernate and found the book a nightmare to get to grips with it, with little structure or clarity I then decided to buy Camerons book on the basis of the Amazon reviews.

I have to say I found it a very easy read, in fact at the start it was almost too easy but I still found myself finally correcting previous misconceptions, and I found the order the topics very well presented, I read the book cover to cover over the cause of a couple of days. I do have a few criticisms though, some points are laboured over too much and there are alot of pages containing essentially the same code samples so although the book is 430 pages long it only needs to be about 300 pages, also I think he could have covered more aspects of Hibernate including some important omissions such as mapping collections. For these reasons the cost of £35 is IMO too expensive the author states the coever price is high because he has to self publish and Amazon take a large cut but no cut is being taken by the publisher so I'm not sure this is a valid argument.
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on 18 January 2010
I really enjoyed McKenzie's writing style (which is chatty and friendly) and his efforts to keep the code segments lean, simple and reproducable on two pages at most.

Having already fallen foul of the quite complex 'beginners' problem domain in 'Spring In Action' (which is almost the domain model for eBay!), McKenzie's approach of staying with a single domain model class (with only two fields) for most of the early chapters is reassuring as it provides ample opportunity to absorb what he has written about JPA Annotations and POJOs.

Individual (short) chapters on each of the main association and inheritance types are provided and these build up to a small, medium complexity domain model accessed by JSPs (but note, this is NOT a book about Web programming!)

As other reviewers have already written, you will eventually require a more weighty volume on Hibernate (or use the Hibernate web-site) for a more in-depth understanding, but, if you are like me, and have been confused by other books, or over-awed by the complexity covered in them, then this book will start you off on the right foot and have you producing generic DAOs by the end.

A very quick and useful read that I have recommended to others in my team.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2012
I bought this book to refresh my Hibernate skills since it was a few years since I'd last used it. This book was useful to get the basic syntax, annotations and to get clear about mappings, inheritance and queries. It's not a complete solution though - there is a lot lacking, such as query optimization, fetching strategies which are not covered.
But after reading this book, the online Hibernate documentation became more approachable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2010
The book will get you through learning Hibernate with JPA which is why you are considering the book in the first place. But man, it is dull. There's so much unnecessary text, api's without explanations, bad jokes, catch ups on what have been done so far and catch up on the catch ups so you almost fall asleep. This book would have been perfect if it was cut down to 10 percent of the pages.
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on 13 January 2010
I bought this book as I wanted the absolute simplest, easiest no-frills overview of Hibernate and JPA. It delivered. You can essentially skim through the whole book in half a day. You don't even need to code anything as it's all in front of you and the examples are very simple. At the end you will have a basic overview of Hibernate and the veils will have been drawn back. You'll also have a whole load of questions as well. This is the point at which you'll then order another "proper" Hibernate book as a heavy-duty reference. Let me make this very clear: for a professional programmer this book is useless as a reference. There is very little detail. Everything is very basic. But this is not a criticism as the book is not intended to be this. If you are intending to "look at Hibernate" and are not short of money I'd recommend you buy this and skim it first before buying a full blow reference book. It's sucks trying to get a high level overview from some chunky reference book.
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on 19 April 2011
When I worked as a Java developer, I would lend this book to new recruits who hadn't touched Hibernate before and found they would be up to speed within about half a day. From there, the online reference documentation should make enough sense to most people.

My only criticism is that, given the author's preference for the Criteria API over HQL, he doesn't dedicate nearly enough space to this, which means that anyone new to the subject could form the incorrect assumption that the former is not a complete replacement for the latter. In fact, I would have advocated introducing HQL and then dispensing with it within the space of a page.

Otherwise, a great book and a great reference/refresher for those of us who've moved on to other things.
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on 7 October 2012
I ve been using hibernate in small scale projects by following recipies found on the internet and needed a book to study the technology in an organized manner. I must say that this book is very helpful in clearing out some dark sports that I wasnt aware of and to create more interest in the technology for further study. The writer is clear about the objectives, the style of the book from page one. In every chapter there are objectives in each page and these objectives are covered. Another good part is that the book is small and very easy to follow. This book should be in every hibernate's developer arsenal. The missing 1 star is only for the price of the book which I believe is high. Even so ..its worth it.
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