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.
Since this gets asked frequently, I thought I might as well post it here. Microsoft has released the long-awaited new version of their own JDBC driver for SQLServer. You can find it at http://msdn.microsoft.com/data/jdbc/. Supposedly it's a huge improvement over the old one. No word yet if it works better with Hibernate than its predecessor. [ January 20, 2006: Message edited by: Ulf Dittmer ]