Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Today I was working on a new project in which the persistence layer was based on Hibernate 3.6.3. Was using maven for managing the dependencies.
When I ran the code, I got the error, Caused by: java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: javassist/util/proxy/MethodFilter
    at org.hibernate.tuple.entity.PojoEntityTuplizer.<init>(PojoEntityTuplizer.java:77)
    ... 16 more
Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: javassist.util.proxy.MethodFilter
    at java.net.URLClassLoader$1.run(URLClassLoader.java:200)
    at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
    at java.net.URLClassLoader.findClass(URLClassLoader.java:188)
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:307)
    at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(Launcher.java:301)
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:252)
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClassInternal(ClassLoader.java:320)
    ... 21 more

Solution is to add the maven dependency for javassist.
I started thinking why does Hibernate need javassist. BTW javassist is a library which simplifies Java bytecode manipulation. But why does hibernate need to manipulate Java bytecode. Googled a bit and realized that, Hibernate uses proxies to intercept method invocation on entities to implement lazy loading. Lazy loading is loading objects from the database upon first access.

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