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Joe Harry
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Hi Author,

I have read many books on Hibernate, but none seems to explain the concepts plain excepting for a few. So in this sense, how does your book differ form the others? I was infact asking Bert for a Head First series on ORM focussing on Hibernate. Now, your's is the new book on the market for Hibernate and as the title says "Hibernate Made Easy", is your book really easy to understand for a guy with little or no knowledge in Hibernate?

Where can I get the TOC for the book? Are there any sample chapters free for evaluation?

Congratulations to you for the book!
 
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If you check out my signature links, you'll see some unedited chapters and tutorials that have been pulled from my book.

One thing you'll notice right away is that I have a very casual writing style. Some people love it, some people hate it, but it makes my books a little easier to read. Head First has a similar 'casual' writing style, although I wouldn't say they were the same. I have great respect for the Head First series. I'd say my writing style is more casual, but I also get a little bit more in depth into technology than HF does.

But I certainly understand the desire for a Head First Hibernate book. There really isn't a resource on the market that makes Hibernate both easy and fun to learn. My goal with this book was to really fit into that segment, where people can learn how to get up and running quickly with Hibernate, get a solid understanding of how it works, and start getting Hibernate into their applications and designs. I think this book does a pretty good job at doing this.

Kindest regards,

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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Hi - Does this book compare hibernate with other frameworks. Does the contains the difference between hibernate and its latest competitor "IBatis"
 
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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One of the things I tried to do in the book is to be as committed to the subject matter as possible. In that vain, I made a very serious intention not to muddy the waters by bringing up information about other frameworks and persistence mechanisms.

The preamble for the book discusses much of my philosophy of writing, and it discusses why I wrote the book. One thing I mention is the fact that if you're reading it, you probably really, really need to learn Hibernate, and you don't want to be sidetracked with peripheral information that isn't directly pertinent to the topic at hand. As such, I stick with Hibernate, focus on what's important to know when learning Hibernate, and to that end, I try to explain how Hibernate does what it does in the most efficient, succinct and effective manner possible.

It's easy to lose focus when you're writing a book, and as an author, you want to cover everything. But in the end, I find such excursions distract from the main purpose, and don't facilitate effective learning. It was a tough decision, but in the end, I really tried to stay true to the topic of Hibernate and JPA annotations.

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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Hi Cameron,

Your post looks promising and I hope so does your book!
 
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