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This is a very general question so the answer can be unavoidably "it depends". As an example, JPA (Hibernate) and Entity Framework are attempts to create abstraction over (mostly relational) databases - so that your app is agnostic of the actual SQL database engine it is running on. That's great, but it's not free. What you get is more flexibility (you can ...


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The jury is still out on this question. There are costs (consequences) no matter how you choose. There are many ways to classify and compare the consequences, but the basic ones are: Effect on development cost / productivity Effect on product quality as judged by customers (e.g. lack of defects and functional limitations) Effect on maintenance Capability ...



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