Just Hibernate

by Piotr Likus on January 14, 2015
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Just Hibernate. A Lightweight Introduction to the Hibernate Framework

January 14, 2015
Book author(s)

Madhusudhan Konda


O'Reilly Media


Paper: 978-1-4493-3437-6, 1-4493-3437-7, Ebook: 978-1-4493-3432-1, 1-4493-3432-6



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Just Hibernate by Madhusudhan Konda is intentionally too short. Author in preface section warns readers that this is just a “short, sweet, and simple introduction to Hibernate” and I can agree with that. The book is intended for junior Java developer with some database application programming experience (especially with help of JDBC) but with zero Hibernate knowledge. Examples are easy to understand and useful.

This books is just enough to start using Hibernate without too many details that probably you will learn anyway “on-the run”. What was strange for me is that 75% of book covers updates and only in the last part record loading is described in details (with help of HQL). I don’t see it as a flaw because the last part seams to be enough for the start. I found comparison with JDBC very useful and reader can immediately see what s/he is missing by not using Hibernate. Other strong parts of this book are inheritance in database and JPA introduction.

Table of contents

  1. Basics
  2. Fundamentals
  3. Annotations
  4. Persisting Collections
  5. Associations
  6. Advanced Concepts
  7. Hibernate Query Language
  8. Java Persistence API


I can recommend this book for everyone who needs a short & easy introduction to Hibernate. Probably it would be best to read this book and immediately start using Hibernate. Later you can decide if you want to buy a longer book (a “bible”) or just learn another ORM.


* short & easy introduction to Hibernate
* XML & annotation approaches presented


* not too much about row loading & caching

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Short Hibernate introduction for Java database application developers.

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