Hibernate 3.5.0-Final is out

Hibernate 3.5.0-Final has been released yesterday (no no, this is not an April Fool) and this is great news. Congratulations to the Hibernate team. Noticeable changes include:
  • Hibernate Entity Manager, Annotations and Envers are now part of Hibernate Core (so they now have the same release cycles and version numbers, no more compatibility matrix hell).
  • Full support of JSR-317 (JPA 2.0). Yeah baby!
  • Support of a new second level cache provider (Infinispan which is actually a data grid, pretty interesting).
  • Support for JDBC 4.
  • And more, see the official announcement.
Oh, as you may have noticed, Hibernate has dropped the "GA" (General Availability) term in favor of the "Final" qualifier. Refer to the JBoss conventions for background on this (change always introduces some confusion but this one is a good one).

And for the impatient Maven users, you can get the new artifacts from the JBoss Maven repository.