How to JOIN unrelated entities with JPA and Hibernate

Introduction

Answering questions on the Hibernate forum is a neverending source of inspiration. The following question is about joining unrelated entities using entity queries, and this post is going to explain how you can do it when using JPA and Hibernate.

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How to map calculated properties with JPA and Hibernate @Formula annotation

Introduction

As I explained in this StackOverflow question, mapping calculated properties is very easy with JPA and Hibernate.

In this post, I’m going to demonstrate how you can derive some entity property based on one or multiple persistent entity attributes.

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The best way to lazy load entity attributes using JPA and Hibernate

Introduction

When fetching an entity, all attributes are going to be loaded as well. This is because every entity attribute is implicitly marked with the @Basic annotation whose default fetch policy is FetchType.EAGER.

However, the attribute fetch strategy can be set to FetchType.LAZY, in which case the entity attribute is loaded with a secondary select statement upon being accessed for the first time.

@Basic(fetch = FetchType.LAZY)

This configuration alone is not sufficient because Hibernate requires bytecode instrumentation to intercept the attribute access request and issue the secondary select statement on demand.

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Fluent API entity building with JPA and Hibernate

Introduction

The JHipster development team wants to expose Fluent Interface entity building methods for their JPA entities, so they asked me if this is going to work with JPA and Hibernate. While JPA is rather strict about entity getters and setter, Hibernate is more lenient in this regard.

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