Hibernate is an increasingly popular open source Java persistence framework supported by JBoss Inc. "We've added Hibernate support due to customer demand. Many of CodeFutures customers are starting to experiment with Hibernate but want to keep the cost savings provided by FireStorm/DAO" says Dan Froelich, VP Sales, CodeFutures Software. The objectives of the new release of FireStorm/DAO go beyond providing an additional option for existing FireStorm/DAO users. Andy Grove, CodeFutures' Chief Architect, explains "Hibernate has gained a solid foothold among pioneering Java developers. Hopefully the usability and productivity provided by FireStorm/DAO will help Hibernate reach the wider, more mainstream Java developer community."
FireStorm/DAO is a Java Code Generator that imports existing database schemas and then generates a complete persistence tier based on any of the following Java persistence technologies:
- Hibernate DAO (new in this release)
- Java Database Connectivity (JDBC)
- Java Persistence API (JPA)
- Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB)
FireStorm/DAO generates Java source code and configuration files that developers would otherwise have to write by hand. When generating Hibernate code (without DAOs), FireStorm/DAO produces Hibernate persistent classes and a Hibernate mapping file (*.hbm.xml) for each database table.
FireStorm/DAO generates Java persistence code that is compliant with the Data Access Object(DAO) core J2EE design pattern. FireStorm/DAO can now also generate native persistence code for Object Relational Mapping (ORM) products such as Hibernate. Grove explains that "CodeFutures is unique in emphasizing the importance of a technology-independent Java persistence tier based on a key J2EE design pattern. Other Java persistence tools are focused on a single Java technology such as stand-alone Hibernate, rather than a more sustainable long term Java persistence architecture."
"FireStorm/DAO is unique in offering multiple Java persistence technologies in the same product. We offer EJB CMP, JDBC, JDO, and now Hibernate. This means that CodeFutures can offer advice to customers on the best Java persistence technology for a specific application, rather than promote a specific Java persistence technology as the perfect solution for all applications." says PJ Murray, VP Product Management, CodeFutures Software.
FireStorm/DAO adopts a pragmatic approach of generating Java source code for data persistence that is a direct mapping of a particular relational database schema. It is also possible to define complex multi-table queries and to leverage existing database logic contained within stored procedures.
FireStorm/DAO is available in Enterprise, Architect, and OEM editions. FireStorm/DAO Architect Edition allows new custom code generation templates to be developed and integrated with the FireStorm/DAO Studio environment. FireStorm/DAO Architect Edition includes the source code for the Java code generation templates. The code generation templates are written in Java, which means that Java developers have a very short learning curve before they can start customizing the code generation.