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Lightweight - unfortunately not in a good way,
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This review is from: Harnessing Hibernate (Paperback)
I am normally a big fan of O'Reilly books but this needs to be more of a 'definitive guide'. I honestly feel that if you only read this book you really won't know what you are doing with Hibernate - it only skims over the subject and spends far too much time off-subject, talking about Maven etc.
For example, the book does not cover second-level caching in Hibernate. This is a key feature which can improve application performance, but there is no reference for it in the index and almost no mention of it in the book. It just says 'switch off caching' around page 50 and doesn't mention it again. Also, there is no discussion of locking strategies - e.g. optimistic vs pessimistic locking - which is essential to understand if you are building critical systems. Both of these are of course covered in the reference documentation as well as in books such as 'Pojos in Action'.
The books repeatedly says 'look at the reference documentation for more detail'. Personally, I think you'd be better off ONLY reading the reference documentation. The reference documentation is fewer pages and far more useful, as well as being free.