Hibernate has changed the landscape for persistence management. Its popularity, and the popularity of similar ORM packages for Java, has all but eliminated the idea that developers should manage JDBC on their own. Likewise, Hibernate has shown that a high-performance, robust persistence framework can remain lightweight and transparent to your domain model. Hibernate has had such an influence on the persistence landscape that the next version of the EJB specification is going to look remarkably like what you’ve seen here today. Learning Hibernate isn’t just a good idea now—it is a form of future proofing as well.