Christian, Steve, and Anthony, from the Hibernate development team, have commented on my postings about the trouble I'm having getting things to work. I'm not sure what 'seem swoon by "academic woe"' means, and I think that trying to get Hibernate into the undergrad curriculum will do more to help it grow than writing patches, but I take their point: less venting would be more productive.
So, my apologies---I'll wait until the next day from here on in before blogging my experiences. In the meantime, though, let me throw it open: what could/should I have done four weeks ago to get my students over the learning curve more quickly? More to the point, what can I do this coming January, when the next generation joins the project? I believe it took this term's students an average of 30-40 hours to get their first (trivial) app going with Eclipse, Ant, JUnit, Hibernate, Tapestry, and Tomcat, which is a third to half of the time they're supposed to spend on the course in total. Options I see are:
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