Best books to learn JPA for Java developers

Best books to learn JPA for Java developers

Java Persistence API (JPA) is one of the most widely used open source Java based ORM(Object Relational Mapping) frameworks to work with relational databases. It is a must for Java developers to know at least one of the persistence frameworks. When you look at the Job requirement for Java developer position, it will mostly contain at least one of the persistence frameworks like Hibernate or JPA (Java Persistence API). So having a good knowledge of JPA will be a plus point while attending interview. It will also help you, if you happen to work in a project based on JPA. There are many online tutorials to learn JPA but learning through a book can give you an in-depth knowledge. In this post we will see some of the Best books to learn JPA for Java developers.

Pro JPA 2 – Mastering the Java Persistence API

Pro JPA 2 introduces, explains, and demonstrates how to use the Java Persistence API (JPA). JPA provides Java developers with both the knowledge and insight needed to write Java applications that access relational databases through JPA.

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Java Persistence with JPA 2.1 by Daoqi Yang

The goal of this book is to provide a concise and comprehensive coverage of JPA 2.1, which is part of Java EE 7 but can be used in Java SE as well. Concepts are illustrated through code examples for easy understanding. It may serve as an introductory text for Java developers who do not know anything about JPA, and a reference book for experienced JPA developers who may look up for concepts and code snippets while they develop complex JPA applications. This book covers Java Persistence API 2.1, the latest Java technology on persisting Java objects to relational databases.


Pro EJB 3 – Java Persistence API by Mike Keith, Merrick Schincariol

The book offers unparalleled insight and expertise on the EJB 3.0 persistence specification, in this definitive guide to EJB 3.0 persistence technology. Expect full coverage and examination of the EJB 3.0 spec from these expert authors, including:

  • The EntityManager API
  • The new features of EJB Query Language (EJB QL)
  • Basic and advanced object-relational mapping
  • Advanced topics like concurrency, locking, inheritance, and polymorphism

Assuming a basic knowledge of Java, SQL, JDBC, and some J2EE experience, Keith and  Schinariol will teach you EJB 3.0 persistence from the ground up. After reading it, you will have an in-depth understanding of the EJB 3.0 persistence API and how to use it in your applications.


Java Persistence API In EJB 3 For Professionals

Designed for beginners and intermediate developers, this book teaches JPA from the ground up with an aim to get the reader up to speed with JPA as quickly as possible. It delves deeply into the core of the JPA, providing a sound understanding of the components that make up the framework and the way they interact with each other.

This book uses the learning by doing pattern with a lot of ready-to-use examples. This pattern has proven to be the best approach for learning a new technology. Most [if not all] of the concepts that you will find in this book are demonstrated using well described and easy to understand examples, yet sophisticated enough to demonstrate JPA in a real-world context.


That’s all about the books to learn JPA. Hope you find the post useful. If you know any other good book to learn JPA, post it in the comments section to help the readers.



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