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.
Yes. JPA is just a specification. You still need a persistence provider (implementation) like hibernate. If you use hibernate as your persistence provider you can still set the hibernate property (hibernate.hbm2ddl.auto) to have it generate your ddl.