How to implement Equals and HashCode for JPA entities

Introduction Every Java object inherits the equals and hashCode methods, yet they are useful only for Value objects, being of no use for stateless behavior-oriented objects. While comparing references using the “==” operator is straightforward, for object equality things are a little bit more complicated.

How to fetch entities multiple levels deep with Hibernate

Introduction It’s quite common to retrieve a root entity along with its child associations on multiple levels. In our example, we need to load a Forest with its Trees and Branches and Leaves, and we will try to see have Hibernate behaves for three collection types: Sets, Indexed Lists, and Bags.

A beginner’s guide to Hibernate fetching strategies

Introduction When it comes to working with an ORM tool, everybody acknowledges the importance of database design and Entity-to-Table mapping. These aspects get a lot of attention, while things like fetching strategy might be simply put-off. In my opinion, the entity fetching strategy shouldn’t ever be separated from the entity mapping design, since it might affect the overall application performance unless properly designed. Before Hibernate and JPA got so popular, there was a great deal of effort put into designing each query, because you had to explicitly select all the joins you… Read More

A beginner’s guide to Hibernate flush operation order

Introduction As explained in this article, Hibernate shifts the developer mindset from SQL to entity state transitions. A JPA entity may be in one of the following states: New/Transient: the entity is not associated with a persistence context, be it a newly created object the database doesn’t know anything about. Persistent: the entity is associated with a persistence context (residing in the 1st Level Cache) and there is a database row representing this entity. Detached: the entity was previously associated with a persistence context, but the persistence context was closed, or the… Read More

How do Set and List collections behave with JPA and Hibernate

Introduction Hibernate is a great ORM tool, and it eases development considerably, but it has a lot of gotchas you must be aware of if you want to use it properly. On medium to large projects, it’s very common to have bidirectional parent-child associations, which allow us to navigate both ends of a given relationship. When it comes to controlling the persist/merge part of the association, there are two options available. One would be to have the @OneToMany end in charge of synchronizing the collection changes, but this is an inefficient approach…. Read More