How to use @PrePersist and @PreUpdate on Embeddable with JPA and Hibernate

Introduction In a previous article, I explained how you could audit entity modifications using the JPA @EntityListeners for embeddable types. Since Hibernate ORM 5.2.17 now allows you to use the @PrePersist and @PreUpdate JPA entity listeners, we can simplify the previous example, as you will see in this article.

How to audit entity modifications using the JPA @EntityListeners, @Embedded, and @Embeddable annotations

Introduction After I wrote the article about inheriting properties from a base class entity using @MappedSuperclass, I got an avalanche of opinions, but this one from Lukas deserves a blog post: While @MappedSuperclass has its benefit, allowing you to reuse even the @Id mapping, as well as being more lenient towards Hibernate-specific auto-generated properties like @GeneratedValue, using Embeddable types is the other JPA alternative for reusing a bunch of properties among multiple entities. In this article, we are going to see how we can reuse several audit-related properties using @Embeddable and another… Read More

The best way to map a many-to-many association with extra columns when using JPA and Hibernate

Introduction For a simple many-to-many database relationship, you can use the @ManyToMany JPA annotation and, therefore, hide the join table. However, sometimes you need more than the two Foreign Key columns in the join table, and, for this purpose, you need to replace the @ManyToMany association with two bidirectional @OneToMany associations. Unlike unidirectional @OneToMany, the bidirectional relationship is the best way to map a one-to-many database relationship that requires a collection of Child elements on the parent side In this article, we are going to see how you can map a many-to-many… Read More