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The future of Hibernate in Spring

 
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Do you think Hibernate will still be the dominant ORM tool for much longer given that JPA is catching up rapidly?
 
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My impression is that Hibernate is the most widely used implementation of JPA (before OpenJPA and EclipseLink), and also that its native API is still more powerful than JPA 2. For those reasons alone I think it will be around for good long time.
 
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I agree. Hibernate is like a superset of JPA. (and has Hibernate Core if you want to follow the spec verbatim.) JPA is catching up to where Hibernate was. Hibernate is still ahead. It's a moving target.
 
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I think TopLink (Oracle's) comes next to Hiberante.

TopLink Essentials is the open-source community edition of Oracle’s TopLink product. It provides the JPA 1.0 functionality for the EJB3.0 Reference Implementation.

As of Oracle TopLink 11g, TopLink Essentials has been replaced with EclipseLink JPA for persistence framework.
 
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