This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
mappedBy (used in annotation mappings) is EJB3 terminology which means the same thing as inverse (used in XML mapping files) i.e. it is used to indicate which side is the owning side. Hibernate supports EJB 3 persistence annotations.