This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Hibernate doesn't add any uneccessary semantics to exceptions: You get a HibernateException which wraps a JDBCSQLException. In Hibernate 2.x, the HibernateException is a checked exception, Hibernate3 has a RuntimeException.
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