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How big of a role does Hibernate play?

 
Marcelo Ortega
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How big of a role does Hibernate play these days considering all of the posible solutions to one particular problem?

Thanks in advance.
 
Dave Salter
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Hibernate seems to me to be the predominant ORM solution for Java these days. There are other solutions available - EJB, JDBC, iBatis, JDO etc, but in my opinion, Hibernate is more predominant.

Time will tell if EJB3 will make a difference to this.
 
Pj Murray
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Hibernate is certainly getting all the attention at the moment. Before that it was JDO, and before that, perhaps Toplink.

The level of attention Hibernate is getting might change when EJB 3.0 spec is finalized, and perhaps matures in a second or third revision (initial implementations of any specification always reveal holes/gaps/errors/omissions).

But don't forget that the vast majority of all Java persistence is done via the oldest, most mature, and perhaps most boring technology: JDBC.
 
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