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Why choose EclipseLink rather than vinilla JPA, e.g. TopLink, Hibernate etc. [message #563901] Mon, 30 June 2008 21:25
Joel Rosi-Schwartz is currently offline Joel Rosi-SchwartzFriend
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Please allow me to introduce myself, I am Joel and I am co-lead of the
new EF project technology.ormf. We have been approved and provisioning
is progress so the web is not set up yet, but I believe it will be

Now that we have been approved I am beginning to explore some of the
architectural changes I am considering. One of my key initial goals is
to lighten up the deployment requirements. Presently it requires a J5EE
server and it is simply overkill. So in the first instance I want to
reengineer it as a web application so only Tomcat, Jetty, et. al. are
necessary. As a future step I plan on exploring deploying on top of
OSGI (Equinox).

The architecture already uses JPA, Toplink Essentials as a matter of
fact as I am developing with Glassfish.

So my question boils down to why should I choose EclipseLInk over a
plain old JPA provider? I love the idea that EclipseLink supports XML,
SDO, EIS, as well as RDBM. I am also really attracted to the fact that
it is a part of the Eclipse family of projects. But the question is am
I over engineering?

Apologies if this has been covered before, but alas the old threads are
no longer available. Btw, would this perhaps be a reasonable addition
to the FAQ: Why choose EclipseLink?

All the best and thanks,
Joel Rosi-Schwartz
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