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Difference between EntityManager and SessionFactory [message #726948] Tue, 20 September 2011 01:54 Go to next message
Sridhar is currently offline SridharFriend
Messages: 12
Registered: July 2009
Junior Member
Hello All:

I am new to JPA and often while reading documentation, I see different mechanisms to create queries. One with EntityManager and the other mechanism deals with Sessions. Which is the preferred mechanism?

Session example:
ReadAllQuery query = new ReadAllQuery(Employee.class);
query.setJPQLString("SELECT OBJECT(emp) FROM Employee emp");
List employees = (List)session.executeQuery(query);

Entity Manager example:
factory = Persistence.createEntityManagerFactory(PERSISTENCE_UNIT_NAME);
EntityManager em = factory.createEntityManager();
// Read the existing entries and write to console
Query q = em.createQuery("select t from Todo t");
List<Todo> todoList = q.getResultList();
for (Todo todo : todoList) {

What is the preferred mechanism? Can someone throw somelight?

Re: Difference between EntityManager and SessionFactory [message #728099 is a reply to message #726948] Thu, 22 September 2011 14:06 Go to previous message
James is currently offline JamesFriend
Messages: 272
Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
JPA defines the EntityManager interface and it should be used with JPA whenever possible.

The Session API is EclipseLink's native API that existed pre-JPA.

Using JPA is recommend, as it is the standard. If required, you can still access the EclipseLink Session from the JPA EntityManager to access advanced functionality.

James : : :
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