Hibernate is a popular open-source object-relational mapping (ORM) framework for Java applications. It provides a powerful toolset for mapping object-oriented domain models to relational databases, making it easier to work with data in Java applications.
Hibernate abstracts away many of the details of working with databases, allowing developers to work with high-level objects and classes instead of directly interacting with tables and SQL queries. This can simplify the development process and reduce the amount of boilerplate code needed to interact with databases.
Hibernate provides a number of key features, including lazy loading, caching, and transaction management. It also includes a powerful query language called Hibernate Query Language (HQL), which allows developers to write queries using object-oriented syntax rather than raw SQL.
Hibernate is often used in the development of enterprise-level Java applications, such as web applications and services. It can be integrated with other frameworks, such as Spring, to provide additional functionality and capabilities.
Hibernate is an open-source framework and is available under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), which means that it can be freely used, modified, and distributed by anyone.
Mr. Arch Brooks, Software Engineer, Brooks Computing Systems, LLC authored this article.