In object-relational mapping products, the ability to directly manipulate data stored in a relational database using an object programming language is called transparent persistence. This is in contrast to a database sub-language used by embedded SQL or a call interface used by ODBC or JDBC. See transparent persistence vs. JDBC call-level interface.
Using an object-relational mapping product means you will have less code to write and, depending on how you use your data, you might have higher performance over an embedded SQL or a call interface. See caching for object-relational mapping.
With transparent persistence, the manipulation and traversal of persistent objects is performed directly by the object programming language in the same manner as in-memory, non-persistent objects. This is achieved through the use of intelligent caching as this animation shows. For coding examples, see how to access data in a relational database.
More on the general topic: Object-Relational Mapping (OR Mapping) Definition
- Transparent Persistence vs. JDBC Call-Level Interfaces
- How to Access Data in a Relational Database
- Navigation with Object-Relational Mapping
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