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Introducing JPA Persistence

The JPA specification recognizes the interest and the success of the transparent object/relational mapping paradigm. It standardizes the basic APIs and the metadata needed for any object/relational persistence mechanism. Hibernate EntityManager implements the programming interfaces and lifecycle rules as defined by the JPA 2.0 specification. Together with Hibernate Annotations, this wrapper implements a complete (and standalone) JPA persistence solution on top of the mature Hibernate Core. You may use a combination of all three together, annotations without JPA programming interfaces and lifecycle, or even pure native Hibernate Core, depending on the business and technical needs of your project. You can at all times fall back to Hibernate native APIs, or if required, even to native JDBC and SQL.