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Beginning Hibernate: For Hibernate 5 by Dave Minter, Jeff Linwood, Joseph B. Ottinger

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© Joseph B. Ottinger, Jeff Linwood and Dave Minter 2016

Joseph B. Ottinger, Jeff Linwood and Dave Minter, Beginning Hibernate, 10.1007/978-1-4842-2319-2_5

5. An Overview of Mapping

Joseph B. Ottinger, Jeff Linwood2 and Dave Minter3

(1)Youngsville, North Carolina, USA

(2)Austin, Texas, USA

(3)London, UK

The purpose of Hibernate is to allow you to treat your database as if it stores Java objects. However, in practice, relational databases do not store objects – they store data in tables and columns. Unfortunately, there is no simple way to correlate the data stored in a relational database with the data represented by Java objects.1

The difference between an object-oriented association and a relational one is fundamental. Consider a simple class to ...

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