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Hibernate, Spring, and TopLink

Unnsse Khan
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Joined: Nov 12, 2001
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I've been reading some of the discussions on this particular forum.

Consider me a newbie when it comes to these frameworks.....

I just started a new project and wish to know what the difference is between Hibernate, Spring, and TopLink? I know that Hibernate and TopLink (Oracle) are for object relational mapping (ORM), but what about Spring?

Should someone use these frameworks instead of EJB 2.0 or EJB 2.1?

Can they be incorporated into any app server (EJB Container)?

With thanks!
Alexandru Popescu
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Joined: Jul 12, 2004
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Probably this article will introduce you better to Spring world, than I am able to.

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Loren Rosen
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Joined: Feb 12, 2003
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Hibernate and TopLink are direct competitors. They both do object/relational mapping.

EJB combines together a bunch of things: ORM, declarative transaction management, declarative security, distributed transactions, etc.

One of the ideas behind Spring is rather than forcing you to take that entire bunch of stuff, build a framework in which you can integrate whatever facilities you need, and pick the implementation you want. Thus with Spring you can easily use Hibernate, Toplink, or whatever for you ORM. You can also use Hibernate or Toplink with EJB, but it's a little awkward to do so.
 
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