Just came back from Nürnberg where I was invited to present Hibernate Search at the Herbstcampus conference. It was the first year for this conference with the hope of making it an established yearly event. Given that already in the first year over 200 people showed up Herbstcampus might be on the right track.
Quite a few folks have asked about the new Hibernate Core modules introduced with the 3.3 release: what each is for, when to use which, etc. I wanted to take a bit to describe what each of the main modules is for and when/how you would use certain combinations. (These modules also define maven artifacts; all Hibernate Core artifacts use org.hibernate groupId).
Hibernate Core 3.3.1 has just been released with its artifacts published to the JBoss Maven Repository. This release fixed a serious issue with CurrentSessionContext (SessionFactory.getCurrentSession()) when running on IBM WebSphere. It also includes quite a few improvements to the enhanced id generators. For details about all the changes in this release, check out it's changelog
Then you should attend this webinar - I'll spend about 40 minutes introducing some of the key ideas behind Seam (contexts, Seam managed persistence contexts and transactions, validation, navigation) and then they'll be 20 minutes for questions. The webinar is on Thursday, 18th September, at 10:00 East Coast US (or everywhere else for us international types).