Hibernate: A Developer’s Notebook by James Elliott (O’Reilly)
This is the book to use to get up to speed with O/R mapping using Hibernate. Nothing is wasted; the walk throughs are brief but thorough and after years of using JDBC and EJB’s (pre-3.0), it was a refreshing way of accessing the persistence layer. If you’re like me and don’t have an abundance of free time or the desire to wade through hundreds of pages of technical fluff to get up and running with a new tool, then you’ll love this book. Although slightly dated, I would still recommend this book to anyone interested in an alternative to JDBC.
This is a great introduction to using Hibernate. It gives an excellent overview of different aspects of O/R mapping using Hibernate. Setting up and following along with the examples was very easy and very informative. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in learning Hibernate.