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From Leszek Gawron <>
Subject Re: [SOT] SingleThreaded components vs. Singletons
Date Sun, 12 Dec 2004 10:34:08 GMT
Reinhard Poetz wrote:
> For a quick hack I wrote a singleton (simple Java class) that manages 
> the Hibernate SessionFactory. As it is only a Cocoon/Hibernate-demo I 
> haven't thought much about it, but if I use Hibernate in production, I 
> would write a SingleThreaded Avalon component. I would do it because 
> Cocoon is based on Avalon, but are there any technical reasons?
This is not an answer for your question but I recommend you do not use 
Hibernate in Cocoon directly. For all database applications I use 
following trio: Cocoon + Spring + Hibernate.

Using spring as your "hibernate manager" gives you following advantages:
- spring manages hibernate session in a transparent way
- supports open session in view pattern
- you can use declarative transaction management
- supports DAO pattern (HibernateDaoSupport class)
- if for some reasons Hibernate can't handle something (or is not that 
performant as you'd wish it to) you can create a dao that uses jdbc. The 
trick is that although jdbc dao gets the connection from datasource in 
fact spring will pass the same connection that was used for hibernate 
interaction. Reused connection means you keep everything in a single 
- the code gets much shorter and cleaner as the exceptions are manager 
by spring itself and coverted to runtime exceptions.
- testing your hibernate DAOs/services will be a lot easier.

just my 2c.

Leszek Gawron                            
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