Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Top 5 Hibernate Books for Java Developers - Best, Must read

Hibernate is one of the most popular, open source ORM (Object Relational Mapping) framework, which has now become a standard for developing persistence layer on Java enterprise application, along with JPA (Java Persistence API). I often receive requests to suggest which book is best to learn to hibernate or recommendation about some good books and training course on Spring and Hibernate. This motivates me to write this article about some of the best books on Hibernate currently available on the market. Earlier I have shared some of the must-read books on Spring framework for a Java developer, which is quite helpful for picking a book on Spring. Similar to Spring framework, experience in Hibernate is most sought after thing in Java JEE development roles.

If you look Java description for a development role, you will more often than see Spring and Hibernate than not. All this means it's must to include Hibernate knowledge and experience in your resume.

Since most recruiter uses keywords like FIX Protocol, Tibco RV, Spring, Hibernate etc, having them in your resume will give you more visibility.  Adding right keywords in your resume is definitely one of the top 5 resume building tips, every programmer should note.

Since most Java developers are familiar with JDBC, they often tend to use that, what they miss is key offering from Hibernate e.g. Lazy loading, Caching, and managing the association between objects.
These books will help you to learn Hibernate, grow your existing knowledge in Hibernate and know some of the best practices on hibernate and ORM space.

After reading these Hibernate books and checking out these training courses, you will also be able to answer most of the Hibernate Interview questions, asked Java developers.

5 Must Read Hibernate Books for Java Programmers

As per my experience, One book is never enough to learn a new technology, but same time, you must have to start with one book. Once you have some knowledge on Hibernate, you can refer more comprehensive books on Hibernate.

Because of this reason, I have sorted book on there beginners preference, starting from the first book, which I think is most appropriate for any Hibernate beginners or Java developer learning hibernate framework.

Java Persistence with Hibernate
Now, this is the must-read books for any Hibernate developer. Java Persistence with Hibernate is written by Christian Bauer, Gavin King, who is part of the Hibernate development team and involved with EJB 3.0 and JBoss. He is also co-author with Gavin King of Manning's bestselling Hibernate in Action book, which is what this book called earlier. 

So far, this is the most comprehensive book on Hibernate, it not only teaches you basics of Object-relational mapping, basics of Hibernate Framework but also most common design patterns, which is used along with Hibernate, such as Data Access Object (DAO)  pattern.

This book teaches a lot about fetching strategies, caching, transactions and best practices in database design and ORM techniques.

I highly recommend this book to all Java developers using Hibernate. You should at least read it once to get a complete picture of Hibernate. This book is over 800 pages, which is not easy to read, but it definitely deserves a look for later reference.

Best Hibernate Books for Java developers

Hibernate Tips: More than 70 solutions to common Hibernate problems
I am glad to announce that fellow Blogger Thorben Janssen has authored this great book on Hibernate. It shows you in more than 70 recipes (more than 35 exclusively written for the book) how to efficiently implement your persistence layer with Hibernate's basic and advanced features.

Each Hibernate tip consists of one or more code samples and an easy-to-follow step-by-step explanation. You can also download an example project with executable test cases for each Hibernate tip

One of the core strength of this book is that it's simple, clear and concise, it's not a heavyweight giant.  It's full of practical tips and advice on the problems you will encounter in your day to day coding with Hibernate.

If you love books like Effective Java then I am sure you will also appreciate this book because of easy to digest and helpful content.

High-Performance Java Persistence by Vlad Mihalcea
This is another fantastic book to master Hibernate and JPA from another fellow blogger and authority in Hibernate, Vlad Mihalcea.  As the title suggests this is an advanced level book to take your Hibernate knowledge to the next level.

While writing Database layer, performance is very important because mistakes made here can potentially slow down your application and hamper its scalability, but at the same time, it's hard to find all the practical knowledge you need to create a high-performance data access layer.

This book provides all the tips to fine-tune your Java data access performance. From connection management, to batch updates, fetch sizes and concurrency control mechanisms, it unravels the inner workings of the most common Java data access frameworks.

If you like more interactive learning, Vlad has also created an online course with the same title,  High-Performance Java Persistence and Hibernate - Mach 1, which nicely complements his book. I strongly suggest you join this course if you are serious about mastering Hibernate performance.

Vlad Mihalcea is a Java Champion and one of the top Hibernate ORM project committers to understand the inner working of database and frameworks to improve the performance of the enterprise application, which means you will be learning from the right person and will not waste your time on joining any trivial or mediocre course.

Beginning Hibernate
Beginning Hibernate Second Edition By Jeff Linwood, Dave Minter is the third book for Hibernate beginners.

It's not much different than others two, and if you have read the previous titles than you probably don't need this. But in case, you have difficulty in connecting with previous books, then you can try this one. One of the good thing about this hibernate book is that it covers Hibernate 3.5 version.

One of the positive points of this books is case studies, which explains key relationship concepts including one-to-many and many-to-many relationships from top to bottom.

Overall, only use this book, if you are not able to read the first book in this list, otherwise, you have enough at the beginners level.

Good Book to Learn Hibernate Framework

Hibernate Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Gary Mak, Srinivas Guruzu
I picked this book because of its style, a problem-solution approach. It's one of those styles which promotes active learning and also act as good How to guide.

Similar to Spring recipes: A Problem-solution approach, this book teaches you to hibernate by introducing a problem and then solving it.

This method can work for many developers, and if you have enjoyed previous books on this series, you will going to like this one as well. Every single recipe is explained well with proper code example and a decent explanation.

One advantage, which I personally feel, while reading this book is comparative learning. For example, if you are doing that in JDBC in one way, how Hibernate helps you there, what more it offers etc.

Though sometimes this kind of book is overwhelming to read and may not suite continues topic based reading, but for a change it does work.

Top Hibernate Books for Java Programmers

That's all on my list of Top 5 Hibernate books for Java programmers. Despite all this book, I highly recommend Hibernate documentation, they are the most updated source of information and they are quite well written as well.

Since one book is not always enough to master any new framework or technology, I mostly use 2 or 3 titles. For intermediate Java developer,  I suggest, Hibernate Made Easy + Java Persistence with Hibernate, as the two best books to learn most about Hibernate framework.

Further Learning
Introduction To Hibernate
Spring and Hibernate for Beginners
Free course to Learn Spring MVC and Spring Boot

Other Hibernate Articles and Interview Questions you may like
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  • Why Hibernate Entity class should not be final in Java? (answer)
  • 10 Hibernate Questions from Java Interviews (list)
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Anonymous said...

Excellent collection Javin. I am picking up Hibernate Made Easy very soon. Excellent.. Thumbs up for your posts.

Ankit Kamdar said...

Hi. I want to Learn Hibernate. I am having knowledge about Servlet, JSP, Struts. Which book should i read for Hibernate.

Rakesh said...

Hello Javin, which book should I read to latest version of Hibernate i.e. Hibernate 4.0? I believe couple of books are still focusing on XML style configuration of hibernate and not jusing JPA annotation, Can you please let us know the book for learning Hibernate with JPA?

Javin Paul said...

@Rakesh, There is hardly a book which is updated to Hibernate 4.0, I guess best and latest resource is hibernate documentation. Though I recommend, Java Persistence with Hibernate as reference book.

Vlad Mihalcea said...

Hi Javin, would you be interested in reviewing my book too?


Javin Paul said...

Hello Vlad, Sure, will take a look but I guess it's still in progress right?

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