Getting started with Hibernate and JPA (Java Persistence API) can be tricky, but this step-by-step tutorial explains exactly what needs to be done to set up your application to use this technology. This chapter covers very basic mapping and persistence.
When we are finished with this tutorial, we will have a standalone Java SE application with database connectivity. This article is part of a series: Guide to Hibernate Annotations
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
So I’m sure I’m not alone here, when I say that Hibernate can be frustrating, difficult to learn, and may even feel like to use it means to give up on some design principles that have been proven by many.
When you first begin, it feels like there are holes, inconsistencies, and problems that send you running home to the familiar behavior of plain SQL. But, I don’t think it’s time to give up on Hibernate yet.
Keep in mind that I am a relatively new Hibernate user, I consider myself somewhat experienced with software development, design patterns, principles, and best practices. If this sounds like you, read on…