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For several months, Versant, an old-school OODBMS vendor with a collapsing market cap, has been
making any number of false claims about Hibernate in online webinars and sales presentations.
I went so far as to write a blog refuting their claims, but then held back on publishing it
because I thought they didn't deserve the attention. They've now resorted to mass emailings
of a document with many false claims about Hibernate, and we've decided we need to respond for
Hibernate 3.0 is the world's most sophisticated ORXM (Object/Relational/XML Mapping) solution. Hibernate3 makes it easier than ever before for Java applications to interact with persistent data, allowing a single definition of the transformation between various in-memory representations of the entity data and the relational schema, even in the case of very complex legacy schemas and schemas for historical data or data with visibility rules. Hibernate3 also provides the most comprehensive object/relational query functionality, with three full-featured query facilities: Hibernate Query Language, the newly enhanced Hibernate Criteria Query API, and enhanced support for queries expressed in the native SQL dialect of the database.
We just released the brand new Hibernate Annotations module as an alpha version.
This module provides the Hibernate facilities to declare Hibernate O/R mapping metadata
through JDK 5.0 metadata annotations (instead of XML mapping files or
XDoclet preprocessing). We have implemented the EJB3 (JSR-220) O/R metadata annotations defined
in the early draft 1 of the spec.
This set of annotations covers all common mappings cases.
We just released Hibernate 3.0 beta 1. I've no time to list all the many changes
since the alpha was released four months ago, let alone everything that is new in
Hibernate3, which has been in development for over a year now.
It happens sometimes that a domain model objet dettached from a previous session needs/can
be reattached without trigging an UPDATE (whether it has optimistic locking or not).
Hibernate supports this kind of feature by providing:
Yesterday, another vendor marketing statement was posted on TSS. I usually
ignore these, but when it is about data management, I just have to reply. What
is always surprising to me is how little we Java developers still know about
data management. Here is a statement made by Maxim Kramarenko in the