Java framework: Spring Core

Each bean has an ID in scope of context (by default it is modified class name, can be specified explicitly)

Container implementations:

  • bean factories (simple)
  • application context (advanced)
    • internationalization
    • event publication
    • resource management
    • life-cycle events

Popular application contexts:

  • AnnotationConfigApplicationContext – java based application context
  • AnnotationConfigWebApplicationContext – java based web context
  • ClassPathXmlApplicationContext
  • FileSystemXmlApplicationContext
  • XmlWebApplicationContext

Bean lifecycle

  • instantiate
  • set properties
  • setBeanName()
  • setBeanFactory()
  • setApplicationContext()
  • postProcessBeforeInitialization() (from BeanPostProcessor interface)
  • afterPropertiesSet() (from InitializingBean interface)
  • custom init method
  • postProcessAfterInitialization() (from BeanPostProcessor interface)
  • destroy() (from DisposableBean interface)
  • custom destroy method

Bean configuration:

  • explicit XML
  • explicit Java config
  • implicit (component scanning and autowiring)


  • @Component/@Named – marks bean (more specific @Service, @Repository, @Controller)
  • @ComponentScan – turns on component scanning (XML: <context:component-scan>)
  • @Configuration – marks java configuration class – current package and subpackages will be scanned for @Component marked classes
  • @Profile/@ActiveProfiles/@IfProfileValue
  • @Conditional – if condition is true – bean gets created
  • @Autowired/@Inject – marks a destination for bean wiring (if no beans wired, exception is thrown – default, of null reference left – can be enabled explicitly, if more than one bean found – exception is thrown)

Destination for wired beans:

  • constructor
  • setter
  • method

What can be wired:

  • references on other objects/beans
  • literals
  • collections (list, map, set)

Mitigating ambiguity:

  • @Primary – marked bean will have precedence over other matching beans
  • @Qaulifier – additional level of matching between @Component and @Autowired

Scoping @Scope bean annotation, instantiation mode:

  • singleton (default) – only one instance is created
  • prototype – each time new instance
  • session – WEB specific
  • request – WEB specific
  • global session – for portlet-based WEB application
  • thread
  • custom

WEB specific beans are wired through proxy (in case of interface, java dynamic proxy creation) or through inheritance (CGLib)

Spring contexts can be nested to properly separate logic domains, beans from child context can refer beans from parent context.

Spring bean’s method can be replaced (via xml configuration) by other bean’s method.

Beans can have multiple names (but single ID), and aliases to names/id.


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