Hibernate: A Developer’s Notebook – Book Review

Hibernate: A Developer’s Notebook by James Elliot
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: O’Reilly & Associates
ISBN: 0596006969

Hibernate: A Developer’s Notebook is the first in the new Developer’s Notebook series from O’Reilly. The Developer’s Notebook series is a new line of books from O’Reilly that are concise, lab-style guides that have plenty of examples and emphasize practice over theory. For being the first one, O’Reilly has hit a home run with this book.

Hibernate is a lightweight, high performance object/relational persistence and query service for Java. Hibernate allows you to work easily and efficiently with information from a relational database in the form of natural Java objects following common Java idiom – including association, inheritance, polymorphism, composition and the Java collections framework

Written by James Elliott, Hibernate: A Developer’s Notebook is an excellent must-own book for anyone interesting in learning more about Hibernate. James does a great job in explaining the topic at hand in a clear and concise manner. All the concepts are explained via examples, which make it easy to follow and learn.

Staring with installation and the setup of your development environment, the book walks you through examples where you build on a small application as you progress through the book learning the subtleties and nuances of Hibernate. This book is extremely readable and is small enough to read cover to cover in a day. My pattern for reading technical books involves reading (or skimming) the book cover to cover before doing a deep dive and working through all the code examples. I found the examples easy to follow and they did a great job in building on the concepts of Hibernate.

I know that Hibernate founder Gavin King and Christian Bauer, a member of the core Hibernate developer team have just finished their new book Hibernate in Action due to ship in August 2004. I am really looking forward to that book and have pre-ordered that book on Amazon. Having said that, I still highly recommend this O’Reilly book.

I had read a couple of articles on Hibernate and had played with some simple examples but this book gave me all the knowledge and tools to start using Hibernate in a real application. This is a really well written, concise guide to Hibernate and well worth the purchase price. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about Hibernate and is a great first Hibernate book.