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Sebastopol, CA--Java and databases make a powerful combination. Getting
the two sides to work together, however, takes some effort. For many Java
developers, it's the least pleasant part of their work. Even database
experts, who may enjoy fiddling with SQL, dread the tedious plumbing and
typographical spaghetti needed to put their SQL into a Java program. It
comes down to the plain fact that Java deals in objects while most
databases do not. In the ongoing effort to automate the task, the
Hibernate persistence framework has emerged as a powerful contender:
programmers write natural Java objects and some simple configuration
files, and Hibernate automates all the interactions between the objects
and the database.
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