Most of the time you have to pay for really good specialist software, and sometimes like when you use Hibernate, it’s open source and it’s free.

When it comes to framework selection with Java developers, you can be pretty sure the overwhelming response will, 9 times out of 10, be Hibernate, Hibernate, Hibernate.  And that’s the real question these days.  It’s not ‘why should I use Hibernate?’ It’s ‘why would I use anything other than Hibernate to get the job done?’

orm

Like it or not, Hibernate has become the default standard and the de facto first choice when it comes to frameworks.  Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why it’s so popular with developers. Certainly it has over the years come to dominate the ORM framework world. This is not to say that Hibernate is better than any of the other framework solutions available, but it is a lot more popular.

So here’s the question.  Just what is Hibernate ORM. 

The world and technology keep moving forward.  New technology replaces old standards and the new standards don’t work with the new technology.  When it comes to data, this can be a real issue.

But that’s where ORM or Object-Relational Mapping proves to be very useful. ORM is basically part of a programming technique that can match and convert data between what should be completely incompatible systems, and in effect be used to create a ‘virtual object database.’

Basically when you upgrade from one application or software package to the next one, Hibernate ORM will help attain persistence, and outlive the original application’s process. There are both free and commercial packages available out there, but lots of developers opt for Hibernate. And not just because it’s free. Some of the most notable highlights of Hibernate include:

Scalable

One of the best features of Hibernate is the sheer flexibility it offers in scalability.  Whatever the environment, Hibernate can scale to purpose, and can be used drive an in-house Intranet that serves hundreds, or to deliver mission critical updates to hundreds of thousands, Hibernate can do the job.

Lightweight, and Opensource:

It doesn’t need a supercomputer to run, and it’s Opensource.  As well as that, if you ever come across a problem, there’s a chance someone else has as well, and Google is awash with answers.

Reliable 

It’s one of Hibernates major strengths. Even critics acknowledge the excellent stability and quality. Of course, that’s maybe the reason tens of thousands of Java developers use it as a preference.

JPA Provider

Hibernate may come with its own “native” API as standard, but as part of the Java Persistence API it can also be easily used in any environment that supports JPA, including Java SE apps, Java EE application servers, Enterprise OSGi containers etc.

Hibernate v 5.5.2 can be downloaded via FileHippo.com here.