Sunday, August 10, 2014

Upgrading Spring 3.x and Hibernate 3.x to Spring Platform 1.0.1 (Spring + hibernate 4.x)

I recent volunteered to upgrade our newest project to the latest version of Spring Platform. What Spring Platform gives you is dependency & plugin management across the whole Spring framework's set of libraries.

Since we had fallen behind a little the upgrade did raise some funnies. Here are the things I ran into:

Our pom files were still referencing:
These artefacts don't exit on the latest version, so replaced those with
hibernate-core.jar  and ehcache-core.jar

We also still use the hibernate tools + maven run plugin to reverse engineer our db object.
This I needed to update to a release candidate:

The code: "Hibernate.createBlob"... no longer exists

replaced with:

On the HibernateTemplate
return types are now List; not element...So needed to add casts for the lists being returned.

import org.hibernate.classic.Session;
replaced with:
import org.hibernate.Session;

Reverse engineer works a little differently...
Assigns Long to numeric...

Possible Errors:

  • Caused by: org.hibernate.service.UnknownUnwrapTypeException: Cannot unwrap to requested type [javax.sql.DataSource]
Add a dependency for c3p0:

And configure the settings in the cfg.xml for it:
  • Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.hibernate.engine.FilterDefinition

Probably still using a reference to hibernate3 factory / bean somewhere, change to hibernate4:

  • Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: Could not load requested class : org.hibernate.hql.classic.ClassicQueryTranslatorFactory There is minor change in new APIs, so this can be resolved by replacing property value with:


Amazingly some of our application context files still referenced the Spring DTD ... replaced with XSD

In Spring configs added for c3p0:

Spring removed the "local"=: so needed to just change that to "ref"=

Spring HibernateDaoSupport no longer has: "releaseSession(session);", which is a good thing so was forced to update the code to work within a transaction.

Possible Errors:

  • getFlushMode is not valid without active transaction; nested exception is org.hibernate.HibernateException: getFlushMode is not valid without active transaction

Removed from hibernate properties:
     <prop key="hibernate.current_session_context_class">thread</prop>

Supply a custom strategy for the scoping of the "current"Session. See Section 2.5, “Contextual sessions” for more information about the built-in strategies

  • org.springframework.dao.InvalidDataAccessApiUsageException: Write operations are not allowed in read-only mode (FlushMode.MANUAL): Turn your Session into FlushMode.COMMIT/AUTO or remove 'readOnly' marker from transaction definition.

Another option is :
<bean id ="productHibernateTemplate" class="org.springframework.orm.hibernate4.HibernateTemplate">
<property name="sessionFactory" ref="productSessionFactory"/>
<property name="checkWriteOperations" value="false"/>

  • java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: javax/servlet/SessionCookieConfig
Servlet version update:

  • Then deploying on weblogic javassist: $$_javassist_  cannot be cast to javassist.util.proxy.Proxy

The issue here was that there were different versions of javassist being brought into the ear. I all references removed from all our poms, so that the correct version gets pulled in from from Spring/Hibernate...

and then configured weblogic to prefer our version:


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