The Hibernate team is pleased to announce today's release of Hibernate 4.3.0.Beta1 which targets the (still not finalized) JPA 2.1 specification which is part of the upcoming Java EE 7 platform. This is the first release targeting JPA 2.1 support. As mentioned, JPA 2.1 is not completely finalized so this support should be considered a preview. JPA 2.1 defines a number of enhancements. I won't go in depth in each of them here as I plan to follow up with separate in-depth blog posts for some of these features. However, the web abounds with good summaries of the new features; for example:
Hibernate ORM version 4.1.7 has just been released. This is a bug fix release containing 27 fixes. See the changelog for the complete list of fixes. Again, 4.1.7 benefited from a lot of community involvement. We really appreciate all the help in terms of pull requests, testing, comments, ideas, etc.