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JPA Query

Abhijit Rai
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Joined: Aug 07, 2008
Posts: 41
Hi ,
I am of the view that JPA may be used for standalone applications (i.e. even without a server(web/application)),
dragged along by this belief I ventured along to make an application

I made an entity class :Cabin

and a client class: StandaloneClient

also I have persistence.xml within META-INF in my classpath

and all I get is a Fat exception :

Is it possible to use JPA the way I want to use it . If yes ,how do we get over this exception( does any one have the postal address for the Persistence provider ) .
Thanks everyone for helping out

Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Joined: Aug 26, 2006
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You don't need any of those silly "Servlet Engines" or overrated "Application Servers" to work with JPA. All you need is a persistence provider; that is, someone who knows how to process JPA stuff, and you're good.

Hibernate is probably the most popular JPA implementation framework. Here's a little class that I can annotate with JPA tags, and pass into the Hibernate Session/EntityManager, and have it persist my data to a database:

As you can see, that's all done in a main method - that is, it's done in a standalone Java application that runs on nothing more than a Java 5 JRE. No EJB or Servlet containers are harmed in the running of this code.

Here's a little tutorial in which I detail how to set up this particular configuration with Hibernate and run the code. There's nothing to it, actually:
Using the Java Persistence API (JPA) in a Stand-Alone Java Application (no containers!)

So, in summary, you do not need a J2EE / JEE5 container in order to work with the Java Persistence API.


-Cameron McKenzie

Abhijit Rai
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Joined: Aug 07, 2008
Posts: 41
Hey Cameron,
Thanks mate ,awesome reply ,was like a beautiful sun ray tearing the dark clouds away .
The link was quite useful too . Just as you did I added a main method in my Cabin class and it works like a charm .

Also the Hibernate configuration xml looks like :

Thanks again , Cheers
I agree. Here's the link:
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