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Beginning Hibernate: From Novice to Professional by Jeff Linwood, Dave Minter

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CHAPTER 1An Introduction to Hibernate 3

Most significant development projects involve a relational database. The mainstay of most commercial applications is the large-scale storage of ordered information, such as catalogs, customer lists, contract details, published text, and architectural designs.

With the advent of the World Wide Web, the demand for databases has increased. Though they may not know it, the customers of online bookshops and newspapers are using databases. Somewhere in the guts of the application a database is being queried and a response is offered.

While the demand for such applications has grown, their creation has not become noticeably simpler. Some standardization has occurred—the most successful being the Enterprise JavaBeans ...

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