What is a bean in Spring ? How beans created and injected ?

  • Typical java bean with a unique id
  • Typically defined in an XML file 
  • In spring there are basically two types
    • Singleton : One instance of the bean created and referenced each time it is requested
    • Prototype (non-singleton) : New bean created each time. Same as new ClassName()
  • Beans are normally created by Spring as late as possible
Example:

<bean id="exampleBean" class=”org.example.ExampleBean">

   <property name="beanOne"><ref bean="anotherExampleBean"/></property>

   <property name="beanTwo"><ref bean="yetAnotherBean"/></property>

   <property name="integerProperty"><value>1</value></property>

</bean>

 

How are beans created ?

  • Beans are created in order based on the dependency graph
    • Often they are created when the factory loads the definitions
    • Can override this behavior in bean <bean class=“className” lazy-init=“true” />
    • You can also override this in the factory or context but this is not recommended
  • Spring will instantiate beans in the order required by their dependencies
    • app scope singleton - eagerly instantiated at container startup
    • lazy dependency - created when dependent bean created
    • VERY lazy dependency - created when accessed in code

How are beans injected ?

  • A dependency graph is constructed based on the various bean definitions
  • Beans are created using constructors (mostly no-arg) or factory methods
  • Dependencies that were not injected via constructor are then injected using setters
  • Any dependency that has not been created is created as needed

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