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Hibernate--Mapping files or Annotations

Dinakar Kas
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What is the better approach for using the Hibernate in a new project? Use XML mapping files or JPA annotations?

Paul Sturrock

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Its entirely personal preference really, both have pros and cons. Some people don't like mapping data separate from the code, others don't like cluttering the code with mapping data. Both provide the same functionality.

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Dinakar Kas
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Thanks Paul.

I fall in the category of people who don't like to write xml files. so, may be annotations suit me better.

I happened to see a tutorial on Hibernate using JPA at by the author of Hibernate Made Easy and found it amazing.

Did any one read the book Hibernate Made easy? Is it as good as the tutorial given?

Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Oh, it's even better than the tutorial given. Really, it's one of the best books you'll ever read, right up there with "Catcher in the Rye."

Hubris aside, the book has been very popular and has helped many get started in Hibernate. I'm sure you'll love it. (I'm the author).

-Cameron McKenzie
Dinakar Kas
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Thanks Cameron. I am going today to buy it.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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