Harnessing Hibernate Chapter 2 schema doesn't detect hibernate.properties as evidenced by a HibernateException that states that the dialect is not set.
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One of the authors responded with this note:
It looks like you've got a mismatch in your class.root spellings. In one place, you've called the property class.root, and later in the project.class.path you call it classes.root. Therefore, the hibernatetool task doesn't know to look in the classes directory for the properties file.
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