The best way to map a @OneToOne relationship with JPA and Hibernate

Introduction

There are many ways you can map a one-to-one relationship with Hibernate. In this post, I’m going to demonstrate which mapping is the most efficient one from a database perspective.

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The best way to detect database connection leaks

Introduction

Database connections are not free, and that’s the reason for using a connection pooling solution in the first place. However, the connection pool alone does not solve every issue associated to managing database connections. The application developer must make sure that every Connection is closed when no longer needed. Behind the scenes, the connection pool gives a logical transaction which, when being closed, it returns back to the pool so that it can be further reused by other concurrent transactions.

A connection leak happens when a connection is acquired without ever being closed.

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How to lazy load entity properties with Hibernate

Introduction

One of my readers bumped into the JSON mapping post and asked me if we can fetch the JSON properties lazily. This post demonstrates how easily this can be done when using Hibernate as a JPA provider.

As I previously explained, EAGER fetching is a code smell and loading associations eagerly is very detriment to application performance. However, it’s not just associations that we must be careful about. Basic entity properties may also cause performance issues as well. In this post, I’m going to show you how you can fetch entity properties lazily.

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